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/Vehland Theological Ubrary 

Ashland, Ohio 



Volume 97—1975 

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Prepared by 

Bradley E. Weidenhamer 


Ashland Theological Seminary 




Barnhart, Virgil L. 

Attending My First N.A.E. Convention. 

97:14. July 26, p. 25. 
Choice of Priorities. 97:5, February 22, p. 
Spiritual Planning. 97:7, March 22, p. 25. 
Beekley, Linda 

A Home for Elizabeth. 97:15, August 9, p. 7. 
Beekman, John 
Small Significant Differences. 97:5, February 
22, p. 6. 
Bennett, Keith 

Hidden Treasures. 97:6, March 8, p. 16-18. 
It's All About Life. 97:13, June 28, p. 19-20. 
Best, Randy 

Gottfried Arnold. 97:17, September 6, p. 14-15. 
Bolinger, Larry 

Now Is Your Time. 97:6, March 8, p. 
Burkey, Frederick T. 

The Board of Christian Education. 97:13, 

June 28, p. 29 
Our Commitment to the Future. 97:23, 
November 15, p. 6. 
Byler, John T. 

What On Earth Is Church Polity? 97:13, 
June 28, p. 12-13. 
Clayton, Glenn L. 

Ashland College and The Brethren Church. 

97:18, September 20, p. 4. 
Christian Growth at Ashland College. 97:19, 
October 4, p. 4. 
Clough, Robert 

Christopher Sauer. 97:20, October 18, p. 22-23. 
Peter Nead. 97:22, November 1, p. 8-9. 
Con^!ins, Willie 

I'iMS(>n.ill/.i-<l (;ivinK and Missionary Support. 
97:1, January 11, p. 7-S. 
Colem.m, Donald M. 

tlp<m This Rock . . . 97:17, September 6, 

p. 20-21. 

Crissman, Earl 

Henry Kurtz, 

Peter Becker. 

Dickson, Duane 

Counting the Cost. 
Ellis, Weston 

Henry Holsinger. 

p. 26-27. 
The Solingen Brethren. 97:19, October 4, 
p. 27-28. 
Fields, James L. 

Training Is a Must. 97:1, January 11, p. 20. 
Flora, Jerry K. 

Brethren Theology— lielievers' Lifestyle. 
97:13, Jur:e 28, p. 16-17. 

97:24, November 29, p. 23-25. 
97:23. November 15, p. 24-25. 

97:16, August 23, p. 12-16. 

97:25, E)ecember 13. 

Flora, Julia 

Paul Tournier and Christian Psychology. 
97:2, January 25, p. 26-27. 
Geaslen, Jimmie R. 

A Letter to Christopher Sauer. 97:20, 
October 18, p. 30. 
Gilmer, Arden E. 
The Future Is Ours. 97:22, November 1, 
p. 4-5. 
Graffam, Lillian H. 

Companions In Compassion. 97:7, March 

22, p. 13-14. 
Grumbling, Alvin 

Personal Growth Within the Body. 97:16, 
August 23, p. 26-27. 
Hamel, J. D. 

Impact Ideas for Success. 97:16. August 

23, p. 24-25. 
Herman, Roger 

Am I My Brothers Keeper? 97:6, March 
8, p. .3. 
Hoick, Manfred 

Avoiding Income Taxes. 97:22, November 1, 

p. 21. 
Church Finance. 97:19. October 4, p. 8. 
Is a Car Allowance Reimbursement — or More 
Pay? 97:25, December 13, p. 5. 
Hollinger, Gene R. 
Origins and History of The Brethren Church. 
97:13, June 28, p. 9-10. 
Ingraham, M. Virgil 

Brethren Missions Ministries. 97:13, June 28, 
p. 22 2,3. 
Keffer, Sarah 

(Jod Bless America. 97:12, June 14, p. 7. 
Kumar, Vijaya 

Letter From Vijaya Kumar In India. 97:6. 
March 8, p. 8. 
Lersch, Jr., E. Philip 

About a Man and Our Mission. 97:8, 

April 5, p. 12-13. 
World Relief Board. 97:13. June 28, p. 30-31. 
Lersch, Jean 

Elda Tracy, a Faihful Servant. 97:16, 
August 23, p. 21. 
Lindower, Leslie E. 
The Brethren Church Rediscovered. 97:13, 
June 28, p. 11. 
Locke, John F. 

Doctrine (Digest of material in Brethren 
Quarterly, 1967), Part I: 97:15, August ft, 
p. 28-29. Part II: 97:16. August 23, p. 7-9. 

Locherbie, D. Bruce 

Teaching Who We Are. 97:5, February 22, 
p. 26-28. 
Logan, Edna 

Everybody's Job. 97:12, June 14, p. 4-5. 
Loi, David 

Outrciirh in .Vl.ilaysia. 97:5, February 22, p. 7. 
Mlianda, Carlo.s 

h'list I,ay Winirr In.stiluto in Argentina. 

97:5, Kchniary 22, p. 8. 
Second ("ongr<>.ss for Sunday School Teachers. 
97::i, February 8, p. 4. 
Miranda, Maria 
7th Annual W.M.S. Conference in Argentina. 
97:2, January 25, p. 5. 
Moore, Brian H. 
The Living Church— Its Formation. 97:15, 

August 9, p. 4-5. 
The Living Church Its Foundation. 97:16, 

August 2,3, p. 18-19. 
The Living Church— Its Fruition. 97:17, 
September 6, p. 10-11. 
Munson, Charles R. 
Progrt'ssive Brethren. 97:13, June 28, p. 17-18. 
.Summer Recreation Ministry. 07:3, February 
H, p. 18. 
Viiff, James 1. 
II Jus' Crowed . . . an' Crowed . . . an' 
(irowed! 97:20, October 18, p. 4-5. 
Payne, James A. 
I'he Laymen's (Organization. 97:13, Juno 28, 
p. 28. 
flinehart, Donald R. 

Life in God's Service. 97:13, June 28, p. 21. 
ftose. Smith F. 
I'.rethren Church Government. 97:13, June 28, 
p. 13 15. 
{r(uss.iki, Peter E. 
The .Music .Ministry. 97:lfi, August 23, p. 
22 23. 
lowsi'r, Donald 
Discipling. 97:20, October 18, p. 6. 
iflowsey, John D. 

A Vision for Growth. 97:16. August 23, p. 3. 
Who Helps Who? 97:17, September 6, p. 3. 
pchuster, George 

He .\live in '75. 97:1, January 11, p. 3. 
Br-r I rr-r. 97:5. February 22, p. 3. 
Christians— Who Are Thev? 97:19, October 

4, p. 3. 
An Editor's E>e View of Ashland College. 

97:18, .September 20, p. 3. 
I'll Forgive . . Hut Forget . . . Never. 

97:8, April 5. p. .3. 
King for a Day. 97:11, May 17, p. 3. 
On B. O. 97:7. .March 22, p. 3. 
Time Running Ouf 97:9. April 19, p. 3. 
Togetherness. 97:24. November 29, p. 3. 
Turn Up th-. Thermostat - Way Up! 97:25, 

December 13, p. 3. 
The Twilight Zone. 97:22, November 1, p. 3. 
2 Plus 2 Equals 4, 5, 9, or ? 97:20, October 
18, p. 3. 
Scott Waldron 
The Task Before Us. 97:3, February 8. 
p. 8-10. 

Shank, Glenn 

America, Land That I Love. 97:12, June 

14, p. 3. 
Shifflett, Alvin 

The Fat Is in Your Pulpit - and Pew Too. 

97:7, March 22, p. 10-11. 
Shultz, Joseph R. 

The Church's/Laymen's Role. 97:18, 

September 20, p. 7. 
The Historical Development of the Seminary. 

97:13, June 28, p. 23-25. 
Snell, Donald 

An Overview of Christian Ministry on 

Ashland College Campus. 97:22, November 

1, p. 18-19. 
Solomon, George W. 

A Growing Church - Thessolonica. 97:22, 

November 1, p. 28-29. 
A Growing Church ■ Borea. 97:23, November 

15, p. 26-27. 

A Growing Church ■ Corinth. 97:24, November 
29. p. 28-29. 
Solomon, Kenneth L. 

First Year Anniversary in Medellin, 

Colombia. 97:1, Januiiry 11, p. 4-5. 
Work & Worship Tour In Colombia. 97:8. 
April 5, p. 4-5. 
Stoff.-r, Dale R. 

Victory or Despair. 97:3, February 8, p. 3,7. 
Summy, Beverly 

Action-Government Program Offering 

Opportunities for Older Americans. 97:3, 
February 8. p. 14. 
The Benevolent Board. 97:13. June 28, p. 26. 
Help Older Adults Remain in or Return to 

Their Own Homes! 97:10, May 3, p. 24-25. 
More and More to Minister to With More 
and More Needs! 97:22,November 1, 
p. 14-15. 
What Does the Bible Say— About the Third 
Age' 97:24, November 29, p. 17-18. 
Swegan, Donald B. 

Ashland College Moves Forward. 97:18, 

September 20, p. 5. 
A Newcomer Looks at Ashland College. 
97:19, October 4, p. 5-6. 
Swihart, Stephen D. 

Alexander Mack. 97:18, September 20, p. 9-10. 
Elder John Kline. 97:24, November 29, 
p. 22-23. 
Thomas, Carl D. 

Up, JJp, Up. 97:22, November 1, p. 6. 
Walk, William 

All One Body We. 97:17, September 6, p. 19. 
Give Them to Eat. 97:10, May 3, p. 20-22. 
Half- Way Point. 97:6. March 8, p. 6-7. 
Waters, Ronald L. 

God Working in and Through the Massillon 
Church. 97:20, October 18, p. 7-8. 
Winfield, Pauline 

Women's Missionary Society. 97:13, June 28, 
p. 27. 
Winter, Sharon 

Christmas Greetings from Argentina. 97:25. 
December 13, p. 18-19. 

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Gottfried Arnold. Randy Best. 97:17. 

September G, p. 1415. 

A.shland College and The Brethren Church. 

Glenn L. Clayton. 97:18, September 20, 

p. 4. 
Ashland College Moves Forward. Donald B. 

Swegan. 97:18, September 20, p. 5. 
Brethren Graduates from Ashland College. 

97:11. May 17, p. 101.3. 
The Campus Ministry Program. 97:19, 

October 4, p. 4 5. 
Christian (;r(jwth at Ashland College. Glenn 

L. Clayton. 97:19, Ortober 4, p. 4. 
The Church's/Laymen's Role. Joseph R. 

Shullz. 97:18, September 20, p, 7. 
College Plans. 97:18, September 20, p. 6. 
A Newcomer Looks at Ashland College. 

Donald B. Swegan. 97:19, October 4, p. 5-6. 
News from Ashland College. 97:7, March 22, 

p. 29. 
News from Ashland College. 97:8. April 5, 

p. 31. 
News from Ashland College. 97:12, June 

14. p. 15. 
An Overview of Christian Ministry on 

Ashland Collcce Campus. Donald Sncll. 

07:22. NovcmbfT 1, p. 1810. 
The Historical Development of the Seminary. 

Jo.seph R. Shultz. 97:1.3, June 28, p. 23-25. 

Peter Becker. Earl Crissman. 97:23, 

November 15. p. 24-25. 
Benevolent Board Articles. 97:1, January 11, 

p. 11-19. 
The Benevolent EJoard. Beverly Sumr.-".y. 

97:13. June 28. p. 26. 
Coalition on Aging. 97:14. July 26, p. 

Life in Gods .Service. Don Rinehart. 

June 28. p 21. 

!'kley, l'e;;K'y 9718, September 20. 
I C.upc-nler, l)i>rolhy, 97:3. Kebiu.iry 8, Velma. 97:1. .I.muary 11. p. 23. 
.Mun<lorf. I{uth. 97:6. March 8. p. 2.3. 
.Munson. liunnie. 97:2. January 25, p. 10. 
Kowser, Donald. 97:17, September 6, p. 17. 
Winfield. Pauline 97:23. November 15. p. 15. 

The Board of Christian Education. Frederick 

T. Burkey. 97:13. June 28. p. 29. 
Our Commitment to the Future. Frederick 

T. Burkey 97;23. November 15. p. 6. 
Central District Conference of The Brethren 

Church. 97:12. June 14. p. 23. 
Upon This Rock. . . . Donald M. Coleman. 

97:17. September 6. p. 20-21. 
Counting the Cost. Duane Dickson. 97:16, 

August 23. p. 1216. 
The Eighty-Eighth Brethren Conference of 

Indiana. 97:11, May 17, p. 14-16. 
Indiana District Laymen and Wives Annual 

Rally. 97:23, .November 15, p. 14. 



p. 23. 
. p. 11. 

The Ninety-Second Conference of Brethren 

Churches of the Ohio Conference. 97:11, 

May 17. p. 28-29. 
Per.-jonal Growth Within the Body. Alvin 

Grumbling. 97:16, August 23, p. 26-27. 

The Eighty-Fifth Pennsylvania District 

Conference of The Brethren Church. 97:12, 

June 14, p. 26-27. 

The End of the Conference Trail. 97:25, 

December 13, p. 8-9. 

District and General Conference "Ketch-Ups." 

97:20. October 18. p. 26-28. 
Eighty-Eighth General Conference of The 

Brethren Church. 97:14, July 26, p. 4-9. 
General Conference. 97:17, September 6, 

p. 16. 

Alexander Mack. Stephen Swihart. 97:18, 

September 20, p. 9-10. 
The Brethren Church Rediscovered. Leslie 

E. Lindower. 97:1,3. June 28, p. 11. 
Christopher Sauer. Robert Oough. 97:20, 

October 18, p. 22-23. 
Elder John Kline. Stephen Swihart. 97:24, 

November 29, p. 22-23. 
Gottfried Arnold. Randy Best. 97:17, 

September 6, p. 14-15. 
Henry Holsinger. Wes Ellis. 97:25, 

December 13, p. 26-27. 
Henry Kurtz. Earl Crissman. 97:24, 

November 29, p. 23-25. 
Origins and History of The Brethren Church. 

Gene Hollinger. 97:13, June 28, p. 9-10. 
Peter Becker. Earl Crissman. 97:23, 

November 15. p. 24-25. 
Peter Nead. Robert Clough. 97:22, November 

1, p. 8-9. 
Progressive Brethren. Charles R. Munson. 

97:1.3. June 28. p. 17-18. 
The .Solingen Brethren. Wes Ellis. 97:19. 

October 4, p. 27-28. 

Brethren Church Government. Smith F. Rose. 

97:13, June 28, p. 13-15. 
Brethren Theology — Believers' Lifestyle. 

Jerry R. Flora. 97:13, June 28, p. 16-17. 
Doctrine (Digest of material from Brethren 

Quarterly, 1967). John F. Locke. Part I: 

97:15, August 9, p. 28-29. Part II: 97:16, 

August 23, p. 7-9. 

Changes, Changes, Changes. 97:25, December 

13, p. 6. 
An Expositive View of The Brethren 

PublishingCompany. 97:16, August 23, 

p. 4-5. 
A Vision for Growth. John D. Rowsey. 

97:16, August 23, p. 3. 
Who Helps Who? John D. Rowsey. 97:17. 

September 6, p. 3. 


News from Flora. 97:14, July 26, p. 16. 
.New.s from The Brethren Home. 97:23, 

November 15, p. 23. 

Training Is a Must. James L. Fields. 97:1, 

January 11, p. 20. 

It's All About Life. Keith Bennett. 97:13, 

June 28, p. 19-20. 

The Fat Is in Your Pulpit — and Pew Too. 

Alvin Shifflett. 97:7, March 22, p. 10-11. 
The Living Church Its Formation. Brian 

Moore. 97:15, August 9, p. 4-5. 
The Living Church Its Foundation. Brian 

Moore. 97:10, August 23, p. 18-19. 
The Living Church — Its Fruition. Brian 

Moore, 97:17, September 6, p. 10-11. 
Summer Recreation Ministry. Charles R. 

Munson. 97:3, February 8, p. 18. 

Avoiding Income Taxes. Manfred Hoick. 

97:22. November 1, p. 21. 
Church Finance. Manfred Hoick. 97:19, 

October 4. p. 8. 
Is a Car Allowance Reimbursement — Or More 

Pay? Manfred Hoick. 97:25, December 13, 

p. 5. 

Hrethnn Church Growth Program. 97:25, 

December 13. p. 15. 
(huich firowth Chronicle. 97:6, March 8, 

p 2ti. 
Church (irowth Chronicle. 97:8, April 5, 

p. 29 ;<o. 
Church Growth Chronicle. 97:10, May 3, 

p. 19. 
Church Growth Chronicle. 97:11, May 17, 

p. 22-24. 
The Future Is Ours. Arden E. Gilmer. 

97:22, November 1, p. 4-5. 
A Growing Church— Berea. George W. 

Solomon. 97:23. Novemt)er 15, p. 26-27. 
A Growin..; Church -Corinth. George W. 

Solomo... 97:24, November 29, p. 28-29. 
A Growing Church— Thessalonica. George W. 

Solomi .1. 97:22, .VovemlxT 1, p. 28-29. 
Let It Happ.-n. Let tnc i liurch Grow. 97:12, 

June 14. p IS U'. 

The Music Miniiiry. Pt-iti E. R.>ussaki. 

97:16, August 23, p. 22-23. 
What on Earth Is Church Polity? John T. 

Byler. 97:13, June 28, p. 12-13. 


Help Older Adults Renr.ain in or Return to 

Their Homes! Beverly Summy. 97:10, 

May 3, p. 24-25. 
Learning Is Stii. "In" for the Aging. 97:14, 

July 26, p. 17 
More and More to Minister to — With More 

and .More Need! 97:22, November 1, 
p. 14 15. 
What Does the Bible Say - About the Third 

Age? Beverly Summy. 97:23, November 

29, p. 1718. 

Lanark, 111. 97:16, August 23, p. 20. 
Milledgeville, 111. 97:5, February 22, p. 17. 
Milledgeville, 111. 97:16, August 23, p. 20. 
Udell, Iowa. 97:22, November 1, p. 25. 
Bradenton. 97:10, May 3, p. 7. 
Bradenton. 97:13, June 28, p. 7-8. 
Bradenton. 97:20, October 18, p. 10-11. 
Sarasota. 97:5, February 22, p. 17. 
Sarasota. 97:7, March 22, p. 30. 
Sarasota. 97:14, July 26, p. 24. 
Sarasota. 97:16, August 23, p. 21. 
Sarasota. 97:23, November 15, p. 22. 

History of the St. Luke Brethren Church. 

97:18, September 20, p. 14-15. 
Bryan, Ohio. 97:1, January 11, p. 30. 
College Corner, Ind. 97:14, July 26, p. 21. 
Elkhart, Ind. (Winding Waters) 97:15, 

August 9, p. 26. 
Flora, Ind. 97:7, March 22, p. 31. 
Flora, Ind. 97:25, December 13, p. 23. 
Fort Wayne, Ind. (Meadow Crest) 97:10, 

May 3, p. 6. 
Fort Wayne, Ind. (Meadow Crest) 97:12, 

June 14, p. 10-11. 
Me.xico, Ind. 97:14, July 26, p. 23. 
North Liberty, Ind. 97:20, October 18, p. 21. 
Roanoke, Ind. 97:25, December 13, p. 23. 
South Bend, Ind. (Ardmore) 97:13, June 

28, p. 5-7. 

Twelve Mile, Ind. (Corinth) 97:24, November 

29, p. 21. 

Warsaw. Ind. 97:8, April 5, p. 28. 

Cheyenne, Wyoming. 97:25, December 13, 
p." 19. 

Derby, Kansas. 97:2, January 25, p. 17. 

Derby, Kansas. 97:13, June 28, p. 3-4. 

Fort Scott, Kansas. 97:3, February 8, p. 15. 

Stockton. 97:7, March 22, p. 31. 

Stockton. 97:22, November 1, p. 25. 

Ashland, Ohio. (Garber) 97:15, August 9, 
p. 2r,. 

Ashland, Ohio. (Park St.) 97:3, February 
8, p. 1.5. 

Canton, Ohio. (Trinity) 97:13, June 28, p. 4-5. 

Dayton, Ohio. (Hillcrest) 97:23, November 
15, p. 11. 

Eldorado, Ohio. 97:7, March 22, p. 8. 

Louisville, Ohio. 97:23, November 15, p. 21. 

Massillon, Ohio. 97:13, June 28, p. 7. 

Massillon, Ohio. 97:20, October 18, p. 7-8. 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio. 97:7, March 22, p. 7. 

Berlin, Pa. 97:14, July 26, p. 22. 

Jones Mills, Pa. (Valley) 97:15, August 9, 
p. 14. 

Levitt own. Pa. 97:15, August 9, p. 25. 

Pittsburgh, Pa. 97:1, January 11, p. 31. 

Pitt.sburgh, Pa. 97:8, April 5, p. 6. 

Vandergrift, Pa. (Pleasant View) 97:14, 
July 26, p. 24. 

Vinco, Pa. 97:1, January 11, p. 30. 

Vinco, Pa. 97:8, April 5, p. 28. 

Wayne Heights, Pa. 97:2, January 25, p. 18. 

Wayne Heights, Pa. 97:25, December 13, 

p. 24-25. 
Bethlehem, Va. 97:10, May 3, p. 27. 
St, James, Md. 97:20, October 18, p. 21. 
Tempe, Ariz. (Papago Park) 97:23, 

.Movombor 15, p. 21. 
Di.scipling. Donald Rowser. 97:20, October 

18, p. 6. 
America, Land That I Love. Glenn Shank. 

97:12, June 14, p. 3. 
Be Alive in '75. G. Schuster. 97:1, January 

11, p. 3. 
Br-r-r-r-r-r. G. Schuster. 97:5, February 

22, p. 3. 
Christians— Who Are They? G. Schuster. 

97:19, October 4, p. 3. 
An Editor'sEye View of Ashland College. 

G. Schuster. 97:18, September 20, p. 3. 
I'll Forgive . . . But Forget . . . Never. 

G. Schuster. 97:8. April 5. p. 3. 
King For a Day. G, Schuster. 97:11, May 

17. p. 3. 
Nobody Is Nobody In the Body. Dan 

Hn-nnor. 97:2, January 25, p. 3. 
On B. O, G, Schuster, 97:7, March 22. p. 3. 
Running Out? G. Schuster. 97:9, April 19, 

p. 3. 
Togetherness. G. Schuster. 97:24, November 

29, p. 3. 
Turn Up the Thermostat— Way Up! 

G. Schuster. 97:25. December 13, p. 3. 
The Twilight Zone. G. Schuster. 97:22, 

November 1, p. 3. 
2 Plus 2 Equals 4, 5, 9, or ? G. Schuster. 

97:20, October 18. p. 3. 


To.K-hing Who We Are. D. Bruce Lockerbie. 
'.»7:,'i. February 22, p. 2f>-28. 


Inlcrn.illonal Conu'ess on World Evangelism. 

<»7:(;, March 8, p. 19, 
The Task Before Us. Waldron Scott. 

97:3, February 8. p. 810. 
Up, Up, Up. Carl D. Thomas. 97:22. 
November 1, p. 6. 
I Henry Holsinger. Wes Ellis. 97:25, 
I December 13. p. 26-27. 
Elder John Kline. Stephen Swihart. 97:24, 

November 29, p. 22-23. 
Henry Kurtz, Earl Crissman. 97:24, 

November 29, p. 23-25. 

Alexander Mack. Stephen Swihart. 97:18, 
September 20, p. 9-10. 
King, Bessie Jane. 97:18, September 20, p. 24. 
Lyon, Thobum C. 97:2, Januarj' 25, p. 15. 
Maus, Mary C. 97:10, May 3, p. 17. 

Pontius, George C. 97:11, May 17, p. 27. 
Ronk, Goldie. 97:24, November 29. p. 8. 
Vanator, Helen G. 97:8, April 5. p. 7. 


New Staff Member at Missionary Board. 

97:15. August 9. p. 15. 

Brethren Missions Ministries. M. Virgil 

Ingraham. 97:13. June 28. p. 22-23. 
Now Is Your Time! Larry Bolinger. 97:6. 

March 8, p. 4-5. 
Personalized Giving and Missionary Support. 

Wade Coggins. 97:1, January 11, p. 7-8. 

Christmas Greetings from Argentina. Sharon 

Winter. 97:25, December 13. p. 18-19. 
First Lay Winter Institute in Argentina. 

Juan Carlos Miranda. 97:5, February 22, 

p. 8. 
Plan of Advancement in Argentina. 97:10, 

May 3, p. 5. 
Second Congress for Sunday School Teachers. 

Juan C. Miranda. 97:3, February 8, p. 4. 
Work & Worship in Argentina. 97:11, May 

17, p. 4-7. 
Treasures from the Desert. William Curtis. 

97:7, March 22, p. 4. 


Another Northern Workshop Tour. 97:7, 

March 22, p. 6. 
The Best Way to Teach. 97:10, May 3. p. 7. 

The B-I-B-L-E 97:23, November 15, p. 19. 

Blessings at Bensons. 97:19, October 4, p. 15. 
Brethren House Beat. 97:2, January 25, p. 7. 
Cracker Barrel News. 97:9, April 19. p. 7-8. 
God's Surprises. 97:15, August 9, p. 17. 
Holiday Visitors. 97:5, February 22, p. 10. 
Hot off the Press. 97:22, November 1, p. 7. 
A House Within a House. 97:6, March 8. 

p. 9. 
Kid's Ideas About Animals. 97:18, September 

20, p. 21. 
More Movin' On. 97:12, June 14, p. 9. 
Movie Box, 97:8, April 5. p. 5. 
Movin' On. 97:11. May 17. p. 7-8. 
Our Cup Runneth Over. 97:17, September 

6, p. 6. 
Our Prayer Garden. 97:14, July 26. p. 29-30. 
Release from Routines. 97:25. December 13, 

p. 21. 
Today's Children. 97:20. October 18, p. 11. 

Christmas in Colombia. Jeanette Solomon. 

97:25, December 13, p. 20. 
Colombia Pictorial Report. 97:23, November 

15, p. 17. 
Evangelists in Colombia. Kenneth L. 

Solomon. 97:12, June 14, p. 11. 
First Year Anniversary in Medellin, Colombia. 

Kenneth L. Solomon. 97:1, January 11, 

p. 4-5. 
Work & Worship Tour in Colombia. Kenneth 

L. Solomon. 97:8, April 5, p. 4-5. 

It Jus' Growed . . . an' Growed . . . an' Growed. 

James Naff. 97:20, October 18, p. 4-5. 


Bepinninps in Visakhapatnam Area. 97:10, 

May 3, p. 4. 
Brelhren Mission Part of FECI. 97:2, 

January 25, p. 6-7. 
Brethren Missions in India, 1974-1975. 97:19. 

October 4, p. 12-13. 
L<;ttpr from Vijaya Kumar in India. 97:6, 

March 8, p. 8. 
Vijaya Kumar Again in India. 97:5, February 

22, p. 5. 
Visakhapatnam Area Brethren Mission. 

97:18, September 20, p. 18-19. 
Wedding of Rev. K. Vijaya Kumar. 97:17, 

September 6, p. 6. 
Word from Visakhapatnam. 97:12, June 14, 
p. 8. 
Harold E. Bamett Resigns. 97:23, November 

15, p. 18. 
Margaret Lowery Honored. 97:14, July 26, 

p. 26-27. 
Troublesome Creek Visits Riverside. Harold 

Bamett. 97:9, April 19, p. 6-7. 
All in the Lord's Time. 97:17, September 6, 

p. 4-5. 
Outreach in Malaysia. David Loi. 97:5, 

February 22, p. 7. 
A Report to the Brethren. David and Jenny 

I»i. 97:t;, Manh 8, p. 7. 
A Full Time Gencial Secretary for Lardln 

Gabas. 97:11. May 17, p. 8-9. 
Grieves in Kilba Program. 97:9, April 19, 

p. 4-5. 
Musa Mshelia Translating New Testament 

into Bura. 97:14, July 26, p. 28. 
Attending My First N.A.E. Convention. Virgil 

Barnhart. 97:14. Julv 26, p. 25. 
The Laymen's Organization. James A. Payne. 

97:1.3, June 28. p. 28. 

I'i'tcr Ncad. Rob«-it Clough. 97:22. November 

1, p. H<.). 

Miinning, David S. 97:18, Septembi-r 2li. p. 8. 
Shullz, John C. 97.17. September 6. p. 13. 
Stoffer. Dale Rupert. 97:16. August 23. p. 6. 
Young. Robert John. 97:15. August 9. p. 6. 
Everybody's Job. Edna Logan. 97:12. June 

14. p. 4-5. 
Across the Great Divide. Joseph Stout. 

97:19, October 4, p. 20. 
Again It's Christmas. Edith Moore. 97:24, 

November 29. p. 30. 
All Too Often. Walter Rutan. 97:14, July 

26, p. 12, 
Alone? Evelyn Pavelek. 97:14, July 26, p. 31. 
Easy on the Amens. Norman McPherson. 

97:14, July 26. p. 31. 
God's Symphony. Joseph Stout. 97:19, 

October 4, p. 17. 
The Great Physiciam. Norman McPherson. 

97:12, June 14, p. 5. 

Is Christ in Your Christmas? Norman 

McPherson. 97:24, November 29, p. 19. 
The Master Healer. Delia Davis. 97:5. 

February 22, p. 28. 
My Guide. Florence Roby. 97:20, October 

18, p. 19. 
Sail On. Joseph Stout. 97:20, October 18, 

p. 20. 
Seeking in Vain. Norman McPherson. 97:12, 

June 14, p. 5. 
The Shadow of the the Cross. Ruth 

DeLozier. 97:15, August 9, p. 3. 
This Thing Called Peace. Norman McPherson. 

97:12, June 14, p. 5. 

A Golden Age Retreat. 97:18, September 

20, p. 28. 

Christopher Sauer. Robert Clough. 97:20, 

October 18, p. 22-23. 
Counting the Cost. Duane Dickson. 97:16, 

August 23, p. 12-16. 
Give Them to Eat. William Walk. 97:10, 

May 3, p. 20-22. 
Hidden Treasures. Keith Bennett. 97:6, 

March 8, p. 16-18. 
Personal Growth Within the Body. Alvin 

Grumbling. 97:16, August 26, p. 26-27. 
Upon This Rock. . . . Donald M. Coleman. 

97:17, September 6, p. 20-21. 
Victory or Despair. Dale R. Stoffer. 97:3, 

February 8. p. .3, 7. 
Women's Missionary Society. Pauline 

Winfield. 97:13, June 28, p. 27. 
About a Man and Our Mission. E. Phillip 

Lersch. 97:8. April 5, p. 12-13. 
Brethren Dollars in Op>eration. 97:25, 

December 13, p. 7. 
Companions in Compassion. Lillian H. 

Graffam. 97:7, March 22, p. 13-14. 
CYSS-Not Stopped by Evacuation. 97:20, 

October 18, p. 14-16. 
A Detroit Filmaker's Diary of Despair. 

Part I: 97:3. February 8, p. 1617. 

Part II: 97:5. February 22, p. 14-15. 

Part III: 97:6, March 8, p. 24-25. 

Part IV: 97:9, April 19. p. 1415. 

Part V: 97:10. May 3. p. 10-11. 
Gwen's Diary of Escape. Part I: 97:18, 

September 20, p. 12-13. Part II: 97:19, 

October 4, p. 16-17. 
Quick Aid in Honduras. 97:7, March 22, 

p. 16-17. 
Ten Years of Growth in World Relief. 97:8, 

April 5, p. 16-17. 
What in the World Is the World Relief 

Commission Doing? 97:8, April 5, p. 14-15. 
World Relief Emphasis ... in the Local 

Church. 97:8, April 5. p. 18-19. 
World Relief Report. 97:11, May 17, p. 26. 
World Relief Report. 97:12, June 14, p. 20-21. 
World Relief Board. Phil Lersch. 97:13, 

June 28, p. 30-31. 

The Brethren 



"For The Body Itself Is Not Made Up Of Only 
One Part, But Of Many Parts." 

TEV — / Corinthians 12:U 

^ol. XCVII 

January 11, 1975 

No. 1 


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In This Issue: 

3 BE ALIVE EN '75 (Editorial) 




by Alberta Holsinger 


Benevolent Board Emphasis on a 
Ministry to 'the Eldei'ly 




Inspirational program fo^r February 
by J. Perry Deeter 



Programs for February 





We trust that everyone had a joyous Yuletide 
HoOiiday Season and that all is off to a good start 
[for 1975 in spite of all the pessimistac forecasts 
for the coming year. 

Perhaps we are turning to the wrong textbook 
for the answers to many of the problems that are 
constantly presenting themselves for solving. 
Could it be like the quotation, "Happiness is where 
we ifind it, but rarely where we seek it." Personal 
experiience has taught me that many of the 
answers are not found an the back of text boolcs. 
Most of them can be found by "taking a little walk 
and having a talk" — ^with the Lord. (Editor's 

One of ithe primary concerns of The Brethren 
Church for the year 1975 will be in the realm of 
CHURCH GROWTH. When we speak of growth 
it usually pertains to increase or development and 

in relation to the Church this can be utilized in 
ever so many various facets of the work of the 

This issue deals specifically with one of these 
areas, that of The Benevolent Board of The 
Brethren Church. On pages 11 through 19 the 
theme ONE BODY IN CHRIST is portrayed as this 
Board serving as various parts of the body — ^with 
the emphasis being stressed upon the fact that 
every member of the Brethren Church is a part 
of that body also. 


The last paragraph of the announcement under 
Notes and Comments in the December 14th issue 
pertaining to the subscription rate for THE 
BRETHREN EVANGELIST should have had as 
the payment date, December 31, 1974 instead 
of 1975. We apologize for this error. 

January 11, 1975 

By the Way 


Be Alive in '75 

By the time this issue is in the hands of our 
readers ano'ther Christinas day will have passed. 
The usual Yuletide festivities wUl have been cele- 
brated, the gathering around the customary Christ- 
mas tree presenting and receiving gifts to loved 
ones and friends. 

We are reminded of a paragraph printed in the 
First Baptist Church Bulletin of Syracuse, New 
York some time ago, "There was a gift for each 
of us left under the tree of life 2000 years ago 
by Him whose birthday we celebrate today. The 
gift was withheld from no man. Some have left 
the pacliages unclaimed. Some have accepted the 
gift and carry it around, but have failed to re- 
move the wrappings and look inside to discover 
the hidden splendour. The packages are all alike: 
in each a scroll on which is written, 'All that the 
Father hath is thine. 'Take and Live!" 

"Take and Live!" Take what and live how? 
Evidently many have not even bothered to claim 
the package left for them let alone explore its con- 
tents. Just in the past day or so I received a 
brochure for literature that has among all the 
titles a few I have selected as a potpourri of ways 
and how to live: "How To Prepare For The Com- 
ing Crash" — "Building Your Fortune With Silver" 

'The Plot to Replace The Constitution" and 
one that deals with the "Gateway to Survival." 

Probably the only one that is most apropos is 
titled, "Wake-Up America!" The contents are im- 
portant as far as our freedoms are concerned but 
what America really needs is a spiritual 

The average American may be saying, "Who, 
Me? You gotta be kidding. I know what's going 
on." But does he? This kind of talk sort of echoes 
the statement made by the soldier in boot camp: 
"E^verybody here is out of step but me." 

If the average American doesn't know what's 
going on it has to be because he is existing in the 
life of a bermit. He certainly knows the low level 
that morality is sinking to. But what is he doing 
about it? Is he cooperating with officials to close 
down pornographic bookstores and theaters or is 
he drifting along with the tide that says every 
man is entiled to do his awn thing? 

Surely he knows there are people in the world 
that go to bed hungry (that is, if some of them 
have a bed) but does he bother to inquire if it 
might ibe someone In his neighborhood, city, coun- 
try or even some foreign land or does he just 
shrug his shoulders and say; "Well, that's the way 
the cookie crumbles." 

Page Three 

Much is being said about the poverty level these 
days and most of it isn't funny. There are many 
w^ho have worked hard and diligently throughout 
their lifetime of productivity and now that the 
time has come for them to be able to sit back 
and enjoy the rest of life's journey, survival in 
a world that is being crushed by the weight of 
inflation becomes a greater challenge than it wa^ 
as they began the voyage on the sea of matrimony. 
What kind of concern is shown for these senior 
citizens? If you don't know, a little research on 
the matter is in order. 

Inflation seems to be tlie most widely used word 
in our vocabulary lately, but the word that should 
be used in conjunction with inflation is given 
much thought but that is about all — CURB. It's 
pretty hard to stop a run-a-way horse when it is 
about a quarter mile down the road galloping at 
full stride. 

A fellow once remarked, "I went without the 
luxuries of life for twenty years, I scrimped and 
saved, drove the wheels off the old buggy, wore 
patched trousers and all the rest trying to catch 
up with the Jones. Well, I finally caught up with 
them, so what happened? They went out the next 
day and refinanced." 

Perhaps it might have been much better had he 
set his sights on what the Jones' may have sorely 
needed and whidh was not visible instead of what 
they had on their backs, in the house and in the 
big garage. 

There is a saying anonymously written which 
reads thusly: "I sought my sO'Ul — but my soul I 
could not see, I sought my God — ^but my Gk)d 
eluded me, I sought my brother — and found all 

As we cantemplate and try to evaluate all that 
is seemingly going beserk especially in our world 
of economics and once again reflect on the title 
of the book "Wake-Up, America!" some ice-water 
thrown into our faces to shock us into a spiritual 
awakening may be found in the words written for 
HARPER'S BAZAAR by Franz Werfel: "We have 
allowed our metaphysical and miystical powers to 
become stupified. For this reason, we are no longer 
the children of God, but victims of the mechanical 
powers and functions of the economic cycle. Be- 
cause the spirit has deserted us, we are nothing 
more than consumers and consumed. Because 
there no longer exists for us any absolute value, 
we are worth only so much as we pay and are 

We have spUt the ato^m (to destroy or enjoy?) 
We have reached and explored the moon. We have 
greater insight to various planets by means of 
satellites. BUT, as F. W. Robertson puts it: "The 
question is, whether like the Divine Child in the 
Temple, we are turning knowledge into wisdom, 
and whether, understanding more of the mysteries 
of life, we are feeling more of its sacred law; and 
wihether, having left behind the priests and the 
scribes and the doctors and the fathers, we are 
about our Father's business, and becoming wise 
to (^d." (G.S.) 

Page Four 


First Year Anniversary 
in Medellin^ Colombia 

The Brethren Evangel! 

The 23rd of Novembe'r marked the date when 
the Solomon family completed their first year of 
service in this new venture of faith and labor of 
love for Christ and the Brethren Church. Thus 
we feel it is time to give a brief over-all view of 
this year's activities to those who are our partners 
in this understaking. 

Missionary Kenneth Solomon 
preaching the Word in Colombia 

by Kenneth L. Solomo 


Some have a very glorified mental picture of 
missionary's life and ministry. But our first ur 
dertELking was quite mundane and had to do wit, 
material things and needs; that of praying fw 
looking for, and finding a home for the Solomo: 
six, furniture and locating children in school. 

Never-the-less, even in those first ten days in th 
country God gave us the joy of an ample minis tr; 
through personal witness and tract ministry witl 
the cab drivers, hotel personnel, restaurant waiter 
and waitresses, etc. The spiritual hunger and thirs 
was and is seen in their eagerness to receive Gos; 
pel literature in each and every repeated contac 
we have with them. Follow-up is very importan 

To illustrate this are the 'following personal ex' 
periences: 1) the two ibank guards that stoppec 
me as I left the ibank. They soon assured me thai 
I had nothing to fear, that I had not committee 
anything illegal, and that they were just concernec 
that I had visited once again the bank and waj 
leaving without giving them the acustomed newi 
tract or tracts to read. 2) The bus driver whO' 
because of having changed his eanployment tc 
another bus company that did not serve our sec 
tion of the icity 'did no loniger have conitact witt 
me, stopped his 'bus on two different occasions 
on a very busy avenue, when he saw me, to re 
quest new tracts. 3) The youth that ran twc 
blocks to catch up with me and to request some 
more iGospel literature. 4) The perso'nnel at tht 
supermarket wtho are most dissappointed if 1 
ihave nothing new to give them to read. And so, 
on and on I could go relating this type of reward- 
ing experiences that show the spiritual hunger 
of the Colombian people land the wide open dooi 
to Evangelism through literature. 

January 11, 1975 

Page Five 


These "city" folk seeimed so unfriendly, if not 
openly hostile, the first week orf our living in the 
sulburb called "La Castellana." We had come from 
the small, friendly village of Soldinl (and more 
recently the fr^iendly, small city of Asliland) to 
this city of nearly two million people. And, to our 
great consternation, we found we could hardly 
understand their "brand" of Spanish. WHAT A 

BUT, as is true in most places, one must be a 
friend in order to make friends. In spite of their 
unfriendly, icy stares, we continued to smile and 
greet them. Soon, one by one, they began to re- 
spond, but most without too mudi enthusiasm. 
Persistence and faith in the positive outcome of 
this operation were needed and soon paid rich 
dividends. Now we are convinced that not even in 
Argen'tina or Ashiland do we have a warmer show 
al friendship and appreciation, and this after only 
one year. We praise God for this success to 
"Operation Friendsihlp!" 

Jeannette Solomon in Operation Friendship 


Another door of oppoirtunity opened to us by 
the Lord was the one to participate in the educa- 
tional ministry at the Union Seminary here in 
Medellin. Jan served as Librarian and I as pro- 
fessor. It has been a most rewarding ministry aaid 
a great honor to have a smaU part in ithe prepaxa- 
tion lOf the fine, young Colombian youth for the 
work of the ministry. 


We would love to be able to tell you of the 
thousands won to the Lord during this first year. 
Unfortunately we cannot. But knowing that Christ 
values each and every individual soul so much 
(that He gave His life for eadh one and counts, 
not as men do, the value of just one soul saved, 
we report what Grod ihas accomplis'hed without 
any apology. 

We have a record of at least 12 first-time con- 
versions, an average of one per month, of which 
9 have been baptized. Three of these live so far 
away that we have very little contact with them 
for further disciplinig, though some can be done 
iby mail. We continue to minister to the others 
and to seek to establish a congregation of be- 
lievers. This "Church Planting" is a very import- 
ant part of our purpose and calling. Personal 
Evangelism to win the losit and then the discipling 
of the converts to form a body of believers is 
what we understand to be our responsibility. With 
God's help and your continued prayers we hope 
to accomplish just that. 


One of the activities of a missionary is to take 
the necessary time (and it does take . quite a bit 
of time) to keep ihis "partners" informed. We 
have undertaken to do th'is on a larger scale than 
previously, <both through personal answers to 
letters or even to those wtoo have not written -us, 
and through the Brethren periodicals. We trust 
this has been of value. 


Placing our faith in the promise of God's Word — 
imore than $700 missionary dollars have been in- 
vested in an ample amount of excellent literaiture, 
and distributed personally, during this year of 
ministry in personal evangelism. We trust (3od, 
and your prayers, to ^make 'this seed grow and 
briinig forth abundant results, in Grod's good time. 


We soiMcit your prayerful interest -in: 1) the 
need lOf equipment and personnel for MASS 
EVANGELISM. We have hopes for an evangelistic 
truck, fuly equipped, and responsible, qualified 
personnel to soon be fo^rthcoining to help us in 
this felt need and iministry. 2) in the intensifica- 
tion of efforts to estabHsHi Bible stuidy groups in 
different parts -of the city. 3) in 'the developing 
of "Timothys" to help us in personal evangelism 
on a much larger scale. 

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^■^i'TL ^ ""'"* Mission Minislrij in St. Pelenhut^, Florids J'^^^^^ 
^]%^ ^ Kept„fefs: ^ f^f/ 

^^ Phil & Jesn lerscfi "J^^^ 

"' ' " 'f^ 

New lllusfrafed Hymn 


The hymn, "Jesus Calls Us," makes direct refer- 
ence to the time when Jesus called His disciples 
to leave their nets and follow Him ... an event 
worthy serious consideration by every age person. 

Because some of the words are difficult for 
children to understand, but can be "illustrated" 
fairly easily, this hymn was added recently to our 
collection of 35 Illustrated Hymns at Brethren 

[By "Illustrated Hymns" we mean those written 
out on several sheets of 18 x 24" oak tag and then 
taped together Uke a large book. Each page has, 
in addition to a few words of the hymn, several 
pictures or drawings or designs that help express 
the meanings of the words. Hence, the label "illus- 
trated." These Illustrated Hymns can be used for 
group singing or individual study, guided by tape 
recorded commentary.] 

The first line presented two difficult phrases: 
"Jesus calls us o'er the TUMULT" and "of our 
page of our hymn Dlustrated the meaning of 
TUMULT. The chUdren and Jean began a search 
of pictures that showed noise and confusion. The 
findings were a race car, soime can-can girls, and 
a steam shovel which we arranged in collage 
fashion against a background of wild colors — 
orange and fuscia. Then, to show LIFE'S WILD 
RESTLESS SEA we used a picture representing 
the storm experienced by Jesus and the disciples 
at sea. And we discussed the meaning of the word 
RESTLESS ("without rest"). 

The next page of our large hymn book to illus- 
trate the words DAY BY DAY showed a little giri 
sitting beside her hearth at home reading a book. 
And then, the next page showed Jesus surro-unded 
by children for the words, SAYING CHRISTIAN 

We will work on the other verses in the weeks 
to come. As the children help select or draw pic- 
tures to accompany the phrases of the hjrmn, they 
wUl be gaining understanding of the hymn's 

Because the hymn tune didn't suit us especially, 
Jean made up a new one that is a little more in 
the style of today's folk music. It was well 


We put together a concisely written folder thai 
gives general information about Brethren House 
MINISTRIES — (covering Neighborhood Activities 
Resources, Workshops, Consultations, our Be 
ginnings, and Us.) 

If you are interested in having a free copy foi 
your own information, please send your request 
and a self-addressed, business-sized, stamped en' 
velope to: BRETHREN HOUSE, 6301 56th Ave. 
N., St. Petersburg, Florida 33709. 


Bonnie attended the week-long conference ol 
Christian Education FeUowsMp in Green Lake 
Wisconsin, in October. She experienced many great 
ideas and made some new friends among the 80C 
attenders. Also renewed other valuable friendships 
with those she has met before through Brethren 
House work. 

Jean participyated in the Professional Renewal 
Center at her elementary school for 7 days un 
November. She was released from her teaching 
responsibilities for those days to give full time 
in experiencing many kinds of multi-media input 
and just upgrade her teaching skills in general, 

Most worthwhile experiences for both Bonnie 
and Jean. 


Our work as Educational Consultants continues 
on a regular weekly-monthly basis with the Good 
Samaritan Church about a mile fro^m Brethren 
House. We appreciate this relationship and are 
finding it to be a good one. 

Beginning December 1st, we entered into a sim- 
ilar arrangement with the First United Methodist 
Church of Pinellas Park — still within a few miles 
of us. 

Thus far we are helping to select and enrich 
curriculum, train teaching teams, organize re- 
sources (that includes cleaning some cupboards, 
of course), and participating in the learning 
setting when Ewssible. 

January 11, 1975 

Page Seven 

Personalized Giving 
and Missionary Support 

by Rev. Wade Coggins 

With the increasing tax burden and the liberal- 
ized provisio'ns of the 1969 tax law which allows 
deductions of up to 50 9o of adjusted gross in- 
come, many people are asking about the rules 
concerning giving to missionaries. Since a very 
large number of missionaries are suppoirted 
through a system of "personalized" or "desig- 
nated" giving, the question arises whether such 
gifts are deductible as oanjtributiions. 

To understand the problem two basic prin- 
ciples of tax law must be kept in mind. (1) A 
gift by one individual to another individual is 
not a deductible charitable contribution. (2) A 
contribution by an individual to a charitable or 
religious organization for the furtherance of its 
charitable or reUgious purpose is deductible within 
the quidelines drawn up by the Internal Revenue 

The matter of "personalized" giving to mission- 
ary work by the very nature of it hangs in tension 
between these two concepts of law. 

From experience, consultation with IRS per- 
sonnel, and reports of litigated court cases, a 
picture has evolved which provides fairly firm 
^guidance to those wiho desire to use designated 
giving to support missionairies. 

Legitimate "personalized" giving is projected 
upon the premise that the missionary being sup- 
ported is carrying out the charitable and religious 
purposes of the church or mission organization 
which appoints hkn to his place of service. Every- 
one concerned recognizes that in order for the 
mission to carry out its functions, it must have 
personnel serving in the locatiO'ns where it works. 
To secure the services of people it is necessary to 
pay a salary or allowance. This cost is a legitimate 
expenditure by the organizatiion. This situation 
still prevails when the mission allows a supporter 
to give contributions to the mission to enable it 
to retain the services of the missionary on a 
project which is vital to the exempt purposes of 
the mission. As long as the "allowance" or "salary" 

is set by the mission, and the missionary is carry- 
ing out his function to the satisfaction of the 
mission, the arrangement should meet no diffi- 
culties with the Internal Revenue Service. 

Missionary organizations and individual contri- 
butors at times find themselves at odds over the 
application of these principles to individual cases. 

Individuals who wish to send to missionaries 
special gifts which are over and above the usual 
allowance or salary have moved into the area of 
passing a gift from one individual to another, 
and away from supporting an organization's 
charitable purposes. Most missions have now 
recognized this distinction and have established 
poUcies which prohibit them from issuing tax- 
exempt receipts When transmitting such gifts. 

Individual contributors are urged not to expect 
the missions to provide their usual contribution 
receipt for gifts which are essentially i>ersonal in 
nature and are not a part of the salary or allow- 
ance structure of the mission. Some excunples are: 
birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, gifts for the chil- 
dren, gifts towards vacations, etc. 

In order to more realistically deal with their 
financial structure, some missions are chan'ging 
from the concept of various "allowances" to that 
of "salary" or single "allowance" in the remunera- 
tion of missionaries. Under this concept the mis- 
sion determines a salary figure which will be paid 
monthly to the missionaries. The missionary will 
take the responsibility oif allocating it to the vari- 
ous needs of his family. Transition to this system 
generally involves an increase in the overall out- 
lay of the mission, and this has slowed its devel- 
opment in some missions. 

In starting with the salary approach, the mis- 
sion establishes a basic salary for its mission- 
aries. This figure can be determined in a number 
of ways. One mission made elalborate surveys otf 
minister's salaries, compared government charts 
on moderate income, and finally adopted a figure 
which seemed reasonable in relation to these. 
Another mission adopted the starting pay of a 
teacher at a nearby public high school. 

The next step is to start taking away from that 
salary. Since the mission provides housing for 
the ■missionary, an amount equivalent to housing 
is deducted. If the mission supplies a car, an 
amount equivalent to operating a car is deducted. 
Since the missionary pays no U.S. income tax, a 
hypothetical tax figure is deducted. (If the mis- 
sionary is assessed an income tax in the country 
w'here he lives, the mission pays it.) The salary 
figure then is revised upward by giving an in- 

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crease for each year of service (up to 12 years in 
one mission I. This amount now takes the place of 
the living allowance, children's allowance, fuel 
allowance, and most other allowances that have 
developed through the years. 

After the basic salary has been determined and 
provision made to keep up with U.S. inflation, the 
next problem is to keep up with the variables in 
the country where the missionary resides (ex- 
change differences, inflation, etc). Under the allow- 
ance system efforts were made to adjust on the 
basis of the expenditures for food by the mission- 
aries in a given country. This system generally 
has not been viewed as entirely satisfactory either 
by the mission beard or the missionai-y. 

Under the new "salary" system the portion of 
the salary which is normally considered to be ex- 
pended overseas will be adjusted according to 
information (obtained commercially) about the 
cost of living in the country where the missionary 
lives. This information takes into account the 
rate of exchange of the currency, rises in cost be- 
cause of inflation, and other variable factors. Since 
tables are sent out regularly by the commercial 
firm, the mission can adjust more quickly to the 
changes and keep the missionary from undue loss 
in purchasing power. The international monetary 
crises of 1971 and following years high-lighted the 
need for a system which is much more rapid in 
its response to changes. 

Arrangements must be made for other person- 
nel-related items. In the case of one mission which 
has moved into this system, personnel-related 
items include: group life insurance, a health plan, 
a modest retirement plan and social security. 
Under the "salary" system aU of the personnel- 
related items are totaled together to make up a 
"total support" figure which, in the case of per- 
sonalized support, the missionary is asked to 

secure from his supporters. The individual mission- 
ary receives the salary monthly. The other items 
are handled by the mission. 

To make this transition work, the contributors 
wUl have to acknowledge the legitimate place of 
the personnel-related costs and be walling to 
support them. If someone should look at the break- 
down and say that the missionary receives only 
607c of the money he raises, he would be grossly 
misunderstanding the system and misrepresenting 
it. Many of these support costs had been present 
in the past but were not evident because of the 
way they were labeled. 

Since this system wUI generally have social 
security and possibly an additional retiral plan 
built into it, the supporters of a missionary willi 
be relieved of his support when he retires. They, 
will be able to begin to invest in new missionary. 
activities at that time. 

This system will help to remove any doubt con- 
cerning contributions and their deductibility. Iti 
will lessen the pressure to give "over and above" 
gifts to the missionaries, since there is reasonable 
assurance that their basic needs are being met. 
Strictly personal gifts can then be more readily, 
identified and excluded from the deductible 

Rev. Cog gins is the Executive Secretary 
of the Evangelical Foreign Missions Asso- 
ciation of which the Missionary Board of 
the Brethren Church is a member. We appre- 
ciate this article written for member mis- 
sions, stating so clearly some of the princi- 
pals of Missionnrij support. 


Men and women in the Brethren church are 
uniting in a BOND OF PRAYER to pray reg- 
ularly for God to supply pastors, missionaries, 
Christian education leadership, and all types of 
workers for His fields of harvest. God's Word says 
we should do this. 

If you wish to join the Brethren in prayer indi- 
cate this by card or letter and send it to: 
Charles R. Munson 
Ashland Theological Seminary 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

The Richard Worst family has joined the 

January 11, 1975 

Page Nine 

Signal Lights Program for February 




Radio Programs and Literature for Spanish 

Speaking Americans 


Bible Story: Jesus, the Friend 

(Collect many pictures of Jesus healing and 
teaching. Show them to the children as you teU 
this story.) 

It was the Sabbath day — the day of worship and 
rest. Jesus was in His boyhood hometown of 

"We wOl go to the synagogue," He said to His 

As they walked into the church the minister 
came to Hun and asked, "WlU you read from God's 
Word for us today? WtU you speak to us about 

"Yes, I will read God's Word," replied Jesus. "I 
wiiU preach to you." 

The people listened eagerly as Jesus read and 
spoke. Never had they heard anyone preach in 
such an interestuiig way. Never had the Scripture 
verses been so easy to unlerstand. 

"Who is He?" asked many people after church. 

"He is Jesus! He used to live here in Nazareth," 
they were told. 

Jesus was a wonderful teacher. He went from 
village to vUlage teUing the people of God. He told 
them God loved them. He told them God would 
forgive their sins. He told them God wanted them 
to be happy. 

Not only did Jesus teach them about God, but 
He helped them, too. He made the toUnd to see. 
He 'made the deaf to hear. He made the lame to 
walk. He made the sick well. With the touch of 
His hand He healed many people. 

He helped the sad and lonely. As He talked with 
them they became happy. 

Wherever Jesus went the people crowded ajbout 
Him. T!he men and the women, the boys and the 
girls. Everyone was anxious to be near this kind 
and thoughtful Person. They had never known 
anyone Uke Jesus. He was a friend to all. 

^Based on Luke 4:16-24 
Matthew 15:30-31 

Memory Verse: John 15:15b 

I'm glad Jesus is my friend. Aren't you glad 
He's your friend? We know He is our friend be- 
cause He tells us so in our memory verse. 

"You are my friends, proved by the fact thait 
I have todd you everything the Father told me." 

Mission Story: A New Christian 

Sometimes Jose would get home from school 
early. He would come whUe Rev. and Mrs. Curtis 
were there telling Bible stories to Grandma and 
Ana and Linda. He would sit down quietly and 

When Rev. Curtis finished the story he would 
talk with Jose about school, his friends, the things 
he liked to do. One day Rev. Curtis said, "Jose, I 
know some boys and girls your age who would 
like to have you be part of their group." 

"Who's that?" asked Jose. 

"It's the Sunday School class at the Brethren 
Church," answered Rev. Curtis. "Would you like 
to go?" 

"I think so," replied Jose. 

Grandma smiled. "I will speak to my son about 
letting him go," she said. 

That evening Dona Maria said to her son, "Rev. 
Curtis invited Jose to go to the Brethren Church. 
May he go?" 

"Sure," her son said. "I told you religion is for 
cihildren and old people. Jose is a child. He may 

So Jose began to attend the Siinday services at 
the Brethren Church. He Uked the people he met 
there. He liked the things they did together. And 
he was very interested in the things he heard 
about Jesus. 

This spring his frtends at Church were talking 
about going to camp. 

"Camp? What's camp?" asked Jose. 

"Oh, we forgot you've never been to camp," said 
one of his friends. 

Then they began to tell him what church camp 
was like. In fact they aU tried to talk at once! 

Jose laughted. "It must be fun." 

"Would you like to go?" asked one of the adults 
standing nearby. "Would your parents let you?" 

"Yes, I would like to go," answered Jose. "I'll 
ask my parents as soon as I get home." 

And he did. 

"Sure, if you want to go, you may go," Father 

Jose went to camp this summer. He found out 
it was as much ifun as his friends said it was. He 
liked the ispoTts, the sttonts, the Bible dramas. Even 
the classes were Interesting! 

(continued on next page) 

Page Ten 

That week Jose thought often about Jesus. He 
thought about Jesus, God's Son coming to earth. 
He thought about Jesus teaching and praying. He 
thought about Jesus dying on the cross. He 
thoug'ht about Jesus going bacli to heaven. He 
thoug'ht about Jesus' promise to come back for 
those who love Him. 

On decision night Jose stood up. "I want to 
accept Jesus as my Savior," he said. 

The Brethren Evangelisl) 

When Jose got home from camp, he told hifl 
family about accepting Jesus. • 

Dona Maria smiled and hugged her grandson ! 

Father and Mother slightly fro'wned. "Woulc' 
this child try to change them?" they wondered. 

It's not easy for a 14-year-Oild boy to tell his 
parents about Jesus, but Jose wants them to be- 
come Christians, too. 

Pray for Jose. Pray for his parents. 

BU News Release 

Dr. Don R. Falkenberg, founder and president 
emeritus of Bible Literature International, died 
December 13, 1974 in Kissimmee, Florida after a 
lengthy illness. His son, John M. Falkenberg, BLI 
president, announced the death at BLI head- 
quarters, 625 East North Broadway, Columbus, 

Born July 3, 1894, in Warren County, Pennsyl- 
vania, Dr. Falkenberg attended Otterbein College 
in Westerville, Ohio and was awarded an honorary 
divinity doctorate in 1940 from Malone College, 
Canton, Ohio. 

He served in 1922 as traveling secretary for 
the Anti-Saloon League, headquartered in West- 
erville, Ohio, and then went on to found the Bible 
Meditation L,eague the following year. In 1967 the 
organization's name was changed to Bible Liter- 
ature International. Dr. Falkenberg also intro- 
duced the "Bible Lovers' Meditation Hour" on 
radio station WAIU, Columbus, in 1926. 

BLI's ministry began with Dr. Falkenberg's 
handing out of copies of the scriptures in Colum- 
bus area factories. It grew to the distribution of 
Christian literature to thousands of CivDian Con- 
servation Corps workers throughout the U.S. dur- 

ing the Depression, and to further hundreds of 
thousands of servicemen during World War II. 

Bible Literature International now provides free 
evangelical literature in more than 175 languages 
to missionaries and nationals representing 20C' 
mission boards in 151 countries. 


by Kay Berryi 

"Your friend is your needs answered. He is your 
field which you sow with love and reap with 
thanksgiving. . . ." — Kahlil Gibran 

Although friendship has many meanings for 
different people, friendship deals with caring. It 
seems too often in our busy schedules we either 
forget our friends when they need us or tend to 
take the friendships we have for granted. 

Sometimes priorities get mixed up. Is it really 
more important to do what we want when we 
want, or is it more important to alter our plans 
to listen to, visit, or comfort a friend? 

In this fast-paced world, at times it's easy to 
forget that people are more important than per- 
sonal plans, ilt's not always easy to rearrange our 
schedules for a friend, and it takes a lot of patience 
to do so. 

In Philippians 2, Paul writes about the love 
which flows from friendship. "Is there any such 
thing as Christians cheering each other up? Do 
you love me enough to want to help me? Does it 
mean anything to you that we are brothers in the 
Lord, sharing the same spirit? . . . Don't be self- 
ish; don't live to make a good impression on 
others . . . Don't just think about your own affairs, 
but be interested in others. . . . 

"Your attitude should be the kind that was 
shown us by Jesus Christ, who, though he was 
God, did not demand and cling to his rights as 
God, but laid aside his ^mighty power and glory . . . 
going so far as actually to die a criminal's death 
on a cross." 

January 11, 1975 Page Eleven 

The HEAD of The Benevolent Board 

"... Nor can the head say to the feet, 'Well, I don't . 
need you.' " 

TEV~I Corinthians 12:21b 

Rev. Marlin McCann 

Born at Waterloo, Iowa; graduated from Ashland College and Theo- 
logical Seminary, ordained to the ministry in 1960; served as National 
Brethren Youth Director, pastored Wayne Heights Brethren Church 
in Pennsylvania and currently serving the Mt. Olive Brethren Church 
in Virginia; traveled through Europe with the Brethren Youth Am- 
bassador Quartet in the summer of 1957; currently soloist with the 
Rockingham Male Chorus at Bridgewater, Virginia; past Vice- 
Moderator of the Pennsylvania District Conference; past Moderator 
of the Southeastern District Conference and Secretary of their Mission 
Board; married to the former Lila Miller of Smith ville, Ohio and has 
two sons, Michael Lee and Steven Craig. 

Mr. John Golby 
Vice President 

Native of Pennsylvania; worked with the Conemaugh and Black Lick 
Railroad Company for 51 years and retired in 1965; member of the 
Johnstown III Brethren Church; served as Moderator, assistant teach- 
er of Men's Lookout Bible Class and President of the Laymen's Organ- 
ization; was President of the Mission Board and the Laymen's Organ- 
ization in the District; holds lifetime membership on the National 
Missionary Board; married to the former Rita Jones. 

Mrs. Katherine Mauzy 

Graduate of Ashland College; taught first grade until retirement in 
1974; moved from Warsaw, Indiana to Hardy, Arkansas upon retire- 
ment; father and grandfather were Brethren ministers; served as 
Vice President of the Women's Missionary Society in the Indiana 
District as well as patroness of the Sisterhood of Mary and Martha; 
married to Leonary Mauzy and has 1 son, 3 step-chUdren ; members 
of the DutchtowTi Brethren Church. 

Page Twelve 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Mr. Daniel Gilbert 
Ass't. Secretary 

Mrs. Aida May Mmtson 

Mr. Charles Riddle 

Mr. L. M. Johns 

Bom in W. Alexandria, Ohio; upon high school graduation began 
work for the National Cash Register Company and is now a member 
of their 25-year Club; served three years in the Army with 15 months 
in Europe; member of the W. Alexandria Brethren Church since he 
was 11 years old; has been Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Trustee, 
Vice-Moderator, Sunday School teacher, mem.ber of the Building Com- 
mittee and Layman Organization, Deacon, Trustee and Youth Direc- 
tor; married to the foiTner Carol Eubanks; has three daughters. 

Moved to Ashland in 1944 for her husband Charles' college and 
seminary training; husband presently a professor at Ashland Theo- 
logical Seminary; served as Business Manager for the Women's Out- 
look; Church School teacher; Primary Department Superintendent; 
Director of VBS; chairman of the sewing lor World Relief; has been 
chairman of Missionary Committee and patroness of SMM at Park 
Street Brethren Church where the family are members; currently a 
Trustee of Brethren Care, Inc., Ashland, Ohio; has two daughters, 
Bonnie, who serves at St. Petersburg, Florida in Brethren House and 
Debra at home. 

Born in Fulton County, Indiana into a family oif 12 children ; attended 
Purdue University studying agriculture; retired with his wife, Irma, 
on a farm of 190 acres; active in the Farm Bureau organization dur- 
ing his 50 years of farming: township leader for 12 years; County 
President for six years and District Director lor eight counties; served 
on the State Board of Farm Bureau and the Insurance Company for 
6 years, traveling to Europe for them; member of the Tiosa Brethren 
Church where he has been Church Secretary, Treasurer, Sunday 
School Superintendent, teacher, Trustee and Moderator; has 3 

Born in Front Royal, Virginia; employed by Pangbom Corporation 
of HagerstO'wn, Maryland (division of The Carborundum Company) 
advancing to Vice President in charge of all Engineering and Cus- 
tomer Services before retirement in 1968; member of Lions Club, 
Chamber of Commerce and Southern Engineering Society; active in 
Community Chest; member of Hagerstown Brethren Church serving 
as Sunday School Superintendent, Moderator and Deacon; currently 
serving on Board of Trustees of Ashland College and Advisory Board 
for Ashland Theological Seminary; married to the former FVeeda 
Brandenborg; has two sons Dr. Laurence Johns, a dentist and Dr. 
Ray Johns, professor at Ashland College. 

Page Thirteen 

Native of Pennsylvania; worked for railroad becoming an engineer; 
carpenter for two years; became a realtor, buying, developing land, 
building, selling houses and lots; formed a partnership with his 
brother and began a hardware business which is his present occupa- 
tion; member of Vinoo Brethren Church; hobbies are hunting, fishing 
and music with directing dhurch music a specialty; has been a mem- 
ber of the Board of Trustees of Ashland College; has four children. 

Mr. James Mackall 

Rev. Albert Curtright 

Bom at Arkansas City, Kansas and spent most of his boyhood in 
Leon, Iowa; two years technical training with the Public Service 
Company of Colorado; pipefitter on Union Pacific Railroad; worked 
for Cheyenne Light Fuel & Power Co.; studied under the District 
Ministerial Board, pursued short courses froim Lincoln, Nebraska and 
Moody Bible Institute, some continuing education courses at Ashland 
Theological Seminary; has pastored Carleton, Nebraska, Bright 
Chapel, Indiana, Milford, Indiana and Burlington, Indiana Brethren 
Churches; is currently President of Ministerial and Pastoral Relations 
Board of Indiana District, a Director of The Brethren's Home, and 
Secretary of the S. Indiana Ministers FeUowship; married to the 
former Viola Garber and has four daughters. 

Mr. L. E. Seaman 

Graduated from Polk Hig'h School; attended Ashland College; spent 
20 years in the U.S. Navy retiring as a Chief Petty Officer; attended 
the U.S. Naval School of Hospital Accounting, the School of Radio- 
logical Safety, and the U.S. Naval School of Hospital Administration, 
and George Washington University; served In the Ashland City- 
County and the State of Ohio Health Departments after retirement 
from the Navy; took further training at Bowling Green Sitate Univer- 
sity and The Otterbein Ho-me to obtain an Administrator's license 
for nursing homes; currently employed as administrator of Brethren 
Care, Inc., Ashland, Ohio; married to the former Frances Bums and 
has four children. 

Mr. Robert Kropf 

Bom at Burr Oak, Michigan but has lived at Goshen, Indiana most of 
his life; graduated from Jefferson High School, Goshen, Indiana; is 
President of Kropf Manufacturing Company, Inc. of Goshen, Indiana 
which is a family business owned by Mr. Kropf's father, 2 brothers, 
a brother-in-law, and himself; their business manufactures mobile 
homes and modular units; married to the former Dorothy Simmons 
and has four children; is an active Director of Brethren Care of South 
Bend, Inc. vi^hioh is planning a complete retirement faciUty for South 
Bend, Indiana; loves flying and owns a twin engine Aztec. 

Pag-e Fourteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 

The BODY of The Benevolent Board 

". . . it is still one body, even though it is made up of 
different parts." 

TEV—I Corinthians 12:12b 

The heart of benevolent work in The Brethren Ohuroh manifested itself first in 
the erection of The Brethren's Hoime at Flora, Indiana in 1923. 

This "old folks' home," as it was often called in the early years, was maintained 
and sustained by members of The Brethren Church through their concern and 

Forty-four years later a new phase began for The Brethren's Home when the doors 

opened on a new 46 bed nursing addition in 1967. 

The concept of a complete retirement facility is now being developed. Brethren 
Village is the apartment complex at The Brethren's Home which came into 
being in 1974 with the complete renovation of the original building and cottages 
into 13 apartments for active retirees. 

It was determined that the nursing center could operate more efficiently with addi- 
tional beds so a new 40 bed wing was built in 1974 also. 

Response to the apartment pro^gram was so overwhelming that the Board of 
Directors decided to initiate a bonding program to allow erection of 10 more 
apartments and additional facilities as there is demand for them. The 10 new 
apartments are being built on the west side of the original building and cottages. 

Development of the entire property with future expansion of facilities is being done 

by architect, Orus Eash. 

Mr. Gene Geaslen is Administrator of The Brethren's Home and resfxjnsible 
for the health care unit while Mrs. Rosemary Eddy, as Executive Administrator, 
is directing the development of Brethren 'Village as well as overseeing the entire 
operation of The Brethren's Home. For information write: The Brethren's 
Home, Rt. 2, Box 97, Flora, Indiana 46929. 

Shown below is an aerial view of The Brethren's Home ivith the nurs- 
ing center and its new addition in the foreground, 2 story renovated original 
building, 3 cottages (one 'partially hidden by trees) beyond the 2 story 
structure. The 10 new apartments will be completed in the open space next 
to the cottages. Administrator Geaslen's home is partially visible through 
the clump of trees at the upper right of the photo. 

^ % 

January 11, 1975 

Page Fifteen 

The HAND of The Benevolent Board 

"So then, the eye cannot say to the hand, 7 don't need 

r " 


TEV — / Corinthians 12:21a 

The second retirement project sponsored by The Benevolent Board is Brethren Care 
at Ashland, Ohio. Putting hands and feet to our concern for the elderly brought The 
Brethren's Home and Brethren Care into existence. 

The unique design of this 100 bed facility at the south edge of Ashland lends 
to its homey, friendly atmosphere. Three apartments for active retirees are 
also occupied. 

Growing needs and demands make it imperative that an expansion proigram begin 
soon at Brethren Care. Therefore, an additional 24 acres have been purchased ad- 
joining the original acreage. 

Additional Icitchen and dining facilities are currently needed as well as apart- 
ments for active retirees. A total development plan for the site is now being 

A number of people have expressed an interest in having an apartment at Brethren 
Care where help is near if needed. Another attractive feature is that one good meal 
a day could be obtained in the center's dining room by apartment dwellers if they 
so desire. 

Lenny Seaman, Administrator, and the staff of Brethren Care provide quality 
care and concern that have a good reputation in the Ashland community. 

Brethren Care is full most of the time so if anyone is Interested in residency, they 
should 'malce immediate contact for possible vacancies. Mr. Seaman would also wel- 
come inquiries concerning apartments so present planning could include a sufficient 
number of them in the ne.xt building phase. For information write: Brethren Care, 
2000 Center Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805. 

Shown below is an aerial vieio of the lyresent Brethren Care facility 
tvith the surrounding woods and land. 

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Page Sixteen The Brethren Evangelist 

The EAR of The Benevolent Board 

'\4.nd if the ear were to say, 'Because I am not a7i eye, 
I don't belong to the body' that would not make it stop 
being a part of the body." 

TEV—I Corinthians 12:16 

Listening to the needs of the elderly in Pennsylvania led James Mackall and Joihn 
Golby, Benevolent Board meimbers, to initiate a program for retirement facilities in 
their state. 

A fund for this purpose began at the 1970 Pennsylvania District Conference 
under the leadership of Mr. Mackall. Individual gifts were accepted and during 
the 1973 District Conference a new step in financing was taken. Consideration 
of the needs for retirement facilities and help for the elderly spurred the Dis- 
trict to include this work in its budget. Sixty-five cents per member or 11% ocE 
the District Budget, is assessed eaoh church through the budget for Brethren 
Care, Pennsylvania. 

Men interested in this benevolent work undertook incorporation which was acoom- 
pMshed in June 1972. This corporate structure is known as Brethren Care of 

Another phase of progress was achieved when a gift of 36 acres was received 
by the corporation on July 24, 1973. Miss Elda M. Fresh was the donor and the 
land is located north of Johnstown near our Vinco Church. The site has beauti- 
fully wooded areas with hiUy and level terrain. Members of the district have 
had work days to clear brush and ready areas for future building. 

The land has been surveyed and developiment of the site is now being considered. 
Plans call for a nursing unit and possibly some apartments to be erected in the 
first phase of development. 

For information write: Brethren Care, Rt. 1, Mineral Point, Pennsylvania 15942. 

January 11, 1975 

Pa^e Seventeen 

The EYE of The Benevolent Board 

"So then, the eye cannot say to the hand, 7 don't need 

■u r " 

TEV — / Corinthians 12:21a 

Broader vision in the ministry to elderly has led to our newest corporation in this 
field. Brethren Care of S. Bend, Indiana was incorporated in January 1974. Officers 

William S. Shields Earl L. Kime 

Rotert L. Kropf Lloyd S. Taylor 

Howard R. Goodhew Dorman Ronk 

A complete retirement facility is being planned for the S. Bend community. 
Included in the center would be efficiency, one and two bedroom apartments, 
nursing and residential care units. 

New ways to serve the elderly are envisioned through close association with 
R.E.A.L. (Resources for Enriching Adult Living) services which could be located 
in the center. Day care service for senior citizens is a new concept whereby the eld- 
erly remain residents of their own homes but come to the center during the day 
for meals, activities and fellowship. This plan allows the senior citizen to be rela- 
tively independent while still providing needed food service and cornpanionship. 

An original site adjoining the S. Bend Brethren Church was determined as not 
feasible for location of the cenjter so other sites were considered. After visiting 
various retirement facilities and considering the needs of the elderly in the com- 
munity, officers of the corporation decided it would be wise to hire a manage- 
ment firm, with some of our Brethren people included, to initiate the project. 
A feasibility study is the first phase of the effort with site selections, acceptance 
of building plans, sale of apartments and construction to follow. 

Page Eighteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 

The FEET of The Benevolent Board 

". . . Nor can the head say to the feet, 'Well, I don't 
need you.' " 

TEV—I Corinthians 12:21b 

.''\y.'-vr^; ^'"- 'ri "^ - 

Dorman Rank 
Executive Director 

Dorman was bom in Turlock, California 
and graduated from high school at Santa 
Cruz, California. He served three years 
in the army; attended Ashland College 
and graduated from Ohio State Univer- 
sity in 1952. 

He was an industrial arts teacher before 
serving at Lost Creek, Kentucky as a 
builder with The Missionary Board of The 
Brethren Church. Dorman returned to 
teaching two years later at Goshen, Indi- 
ana and in 1961 he became plant engineer 
at Ashland College. He took up teaching 
again in 1965 at Ashland High School in 
the Vocational Education Work program. 

Dorman served on The Benevolent 
Board from 195S until 1970 when he be- 
came its first Executive Secretary. Con- 
siderable progress has been achieved in 
retirement facilities sponsored by The 
Benevolent Board since Dorman became 
Executive Secretary with expansion at 
The Brethren's Home, Brethren Care at 
Ashland, Buckeye Apartments also in 
Asihland, management of Martin House 
and initial work beginning in Pennsyl- 
vania and S. Bend, Indiana. 

Dorman is married to the former Joan 
Riddle and they have four children. The 
Ronks are members of Park Street Breth- 
ren Church and were honored as Musical 
Family of the Year in Ashland for 1973. 

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Beverly Siimmy, 

A native of Warsaw, Indiana, Beverly 
graduated from Ashland College with a 
B.A. degree in 1960 as salutatorian. Her 
family moved to Ashland a year prior to 
graduation and all have been residents 
of the community since then. 

Beverly worked part-time in the Youth 
Office during the last three years of col- 
lege and became a fulltime employee upon 
graduation. She worked for Youth Direc- 
tors Phil Lersch and MarUn McCann and i 
spent three years alone in the Youth 
Office before it merged with the Sunday 
School Office to become the Board of 
Christian Education. Beverly worked un- 
der C.E. Director, Fred Burkey, until she 
came to The Benevolent Board office in 
March, 1972 after 15 Vo years of service 
in the previous office. She is a meimber 
of the Park Street Brethren Church. 

Beverly took one giant step from work- 
ing with youth to working with the elderly 
and testifies that although there are 
many differences, there are also many 

Special interests are reading, writing, 
crocheting, and various handcraft projects. 

Her father, Ray, is employed at Ash- 
land College; her mother, Bonnie, works 
part-time at The Brethren Publishing 

January 11, 1975 



Page Nineteen 

''All of YOU then, are Christ's body, and each one is a 
part of it." 

TEV—I Cormthians 12:27 


The National Church Goals call for $3.00 per member for The Benevolent Board. 
With 16,737 members listed in the 1973 National Statistical report, we should have 
offerings totaling $50,211.00. In actuality The Benevoleait Board offerings Ln 1973 
were $12,751.16. Some churches are doing a fine job meeting the National Church 
Goal for benevolent work but the figures for 1973 reveal that many are not. Addi- 
tional finEincial effort for our ministry to the elderly is very important in light of 
current needs in this field of service. 



Superannuated Ministers Fund — this fund was started a number of years ago to 
aid ministers and their wives upon retirement. This program was instituted long 
before the current retirement program for ministers. In 1973, $2,785.00 was paid 
in benefits to retired ministers or their wives. 


Golden Agers Fellowship — a new program initiated by The Benevolent Board for 
senior citizens in the local church. GAF is a program of activity, fellowship and 
help for retirees. 

A key to concern for senior citizens in the local community is YOU ! YOU can direct 
elderly to our retirement facilities, YOU can aid in developing retirement centers 
in your area if there are none, YOU can help in the local church GAF program, 
YOU can assist individual retirees who need help. Ar?'!-'--- -' "i°%. . ^i 

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The Brethren Evang-eUst 




You are never as good as you can be 

Once as I was driving through the city I saw 
this sign on a church bulletin board: "Prepare 
for the Rapture — get your flight training here." 
After chucliling about it, I began to think it over. 
If that church gave adequate training, in any area 
of Christian Education, it could be the exception 
rather than the rule. It would definitely be the 
exceptional church among Brethren churches. 
Now before you say, "This guy doesn't know What 
he is talking about," consider this. A thorough 
survey taken in 1968-69 demonstrated that orily a 
small minority of Brethren churches were doing 
the job with a trained staff and a comprehensive 
curriculum. Most churches indicated that in their 
programs the job of education took minor priority. 

You might say, "Well, he doesn't know out 
church." Let me ask a few questions. Is your 
church fully equipped for teaching? Does each 
room have adequate space, lighting, maiterials, 
equipment, A-V aids and supplies according to the 
needs of the specific age group? Is your budget 
liberal enough to keep you supplied with fresh 
up-to-date materials? Is your entire staff involved 
in an on-going training program and reviewing 
their methods and techniques to consitantly im- 
prove their teaching? If you answered "yes" to 
all of these questions, then your church meets 
the minimum requirements for a basic program 
of Christian Education. 

Perhaps you answered "no" to several of those 
questions. You need to decide where to start build- 
ing your program. If you start with a trained 
staff you can temporarily overcome some of the 
other deficiencies in your program. Jesus Christ 
knew the importance of training. He spent three 

years training twelve men to do His work. (One 
flunked out.) Then these 12 were filled with the 
Holy Spirit. It was after their training that they 
did the work of the Lord. Following his conver- 
sion the apostle Paul spent 14 years in training 
before he began his missionary work. It was with 
training and against apparently insurmountable 
odds that the disciples and apostles began their 
work to proclaim the Gk>spel message. If we are 
serious about doing God's work, then we must 
never be satisfied with the job we are doing. We 
mus"' constantly seek to be up to date and pro- 
gressive (Brethren). Therefore, training is of 
primary importance in our work. 

The Board of Christian Mucation recognizes the 
importance of training. It recognizes its respon- 
sibility to provide resources and materials for 
you. I urge you to take advantage of the training 
opportunities which the Board offers as described 
in a companion article in this issue. 

Our church is entering a time of great import- 
ance in its future. We cannot afford to remain 
small and stagnant. We are emphasizing church 
growth and outreach throughout the denomina- 
tion. As we grow in numbers, we must grow in 
the faith and nurture of our people. Each one 
of us has the responsibility to prepare and to do 
the wUl of the Lord. In the words of one of my 
former professors, "God works best through 
the prepared man and wo^man." We have the re- 
sources and know how to train the Brethren for 
quality Christian education in our churches. Let's 
spend of ourselves and do it. 

— Rev. James Fields 

January 11, 1975 

Page Twenty-one 


Challeiniging! Living today certainly is challeng- 
ing — ^problems such as inflation, unemployment, 
and a too busy society effect all of us. Everyday, 
"the world" is advertising its inflated necessities 
for living the good American life. 

We of the Christian persuasion sometimes find 
it hard to keep our perspective and values in 
proper order. How do we establish good commun- 
icaition with our mate? How do we who are Chris- 
tian parents not turn our children off? How do 
we find time and take time to really care about 
others and their problems? We know that Bible 
study, prayer and Christian fellowship are neces- 
sary for every believer. Many magazines and 
books are available to encourage us but too often 
we're too busy to find the extra minutes for much 
reading. Oh, for some practical ideas and sugges- 
tion in capsule form — ! 

Gospel Life has recently published a small 
monthly magazine, "Family Life Today" w^ich 
can be a great help for Christian families. Each 
magazine has many worthwhile articles written 
by well-known Christians on all areas concerning 
the famUy — ^premarriage, marriage, children, dis- 
cipline (take Howard Hendrick's quiz on page 4 
of December issue), the middle years (what do 
we talk about after the children leave the nest), 
and retirement. Articles for grandparents, parents 
without partners and singles will be included. 
Another section called FamUy Night provides 
many creative ideas for Christian families to 
really grow together in Christ. There are ideas 
for families with young children and those with 
teenagers. Certainly not every idea is for your 
family; you pick and choose. Talking, siharing. 

laughing and praying together is a great sound 
to hear. Take time and give it a try! 

This magazine is very practical. Books both 
for children and parents are advertised. The 
December issue even had a checklist for the prac- 
tical toy buyer. 

The editor has promised to discuss today's sticky 
issues but not to dwell on them. This is to be a 
Christ centered publication encouraging and in- 
spiring families to take time to really become 
Christian families. Too many families spend pre- 
cious moments together picking apart and tearing 
down. This has no constructive value in any home 
especially one where Christ is the Head! 

T.V., provocative magazines and advertising are 
absorbed by us and our children. Filling our minds 
with wholesome words, inspiring us with other's 
experiences and challenging us to try harder, do 
more, and really be more Christ like is what 
Christian living should be about. 

Recently our 4 year old received a telephone call 
inviting her to a birthday party. The mo'ther ex- 
plained to me that she really dreaded the whole 
thing because she didn't enjoy chUdren, in fact 
didn't like them, but she guessed having a birthday 
party is the thing to do. She had agreed to make 
the arrangements and provide the food but the 
"Daddy" had to be in charge of the children. That 
call certainly did upset me, does it you? 

Gospel Light Publication has a big challenge 
ahead. They're off to a great start and I feel 
"Family Life Today" is a publication worthy of 
your consideration. They may be purchased thru 
your church or Christian bookstore. Try it you'll 
like it! 

Page Twenty-two 

The Brethren Evangelist 


I'd like to share with you for a moment an ex- 
perience that I siiall never forget. It's been 9 
months ago now but it is stLU as clear to me as 
when I lived it. (No, I am not taJlcing about our 
wedding day even though I shall always remember 
it also.) The experience I'm talking about is a 
short 2 day seminar. Oh, I've been to more than 
my share of the regular "go and sit" type sem- 
inars and I'm always a little hesitant to jump right 
in and register for anything which costs me a 
fair amount of money. 

This one was to be DIFFERENT. How? I wasn't 
sure but I beUeved. And you know — it was differ- 
ent and let me tell you how. 

(1) An ICL Seminar gets specific. It's not a gen- 
eral lecture that only proves to you that your 
situation is different. (You know the kind you 
squirm through and it ends up the speaker really 
can't help you because he doesn't know your 
specific situation.) It is specifically geared to dif- 
ferent age levels and interests. You choo-se your 
area and before you leave the ICL Seminar you 
wUl have 2 fantastic books in your poissession, a 
booklet of usable handout sheets and a brain full 
of ideas for your age level of interest besides hav- 
ing seen many, many other resources. 

(2) An ICL Seminar is active. I just told you 
about books, handouts and ideas but what I didn't 
explain is that you use them in the seminar ses- 
sions. You actually aire taught a lesson as if you 

were a student so you can experience the activities 
and watch the lesson take shape. Also in small 
groups you begin to plan and explain a lesson of 
your own with their help. 

(3) An ICL Seminar is personal. When you leave 
you can look back and know the leaders have 
tried to give you the best Information and ma- 
terials available and that you have made many 
new friends. No one needs to feel uncomfortable or 
pressured. Everything is noruthreatening, useful 
as weU as fun. 

This year for the first time you will have the 
opportunity to attend one od these tremendous 
seminars during (^neral Conference. I realize 
how busy, expensive and tiring Conference is 
already. We in the National offices understand 
fully (pei'haps better than you realize) that when 
you plan so-mething extra at Conference it had 
better be good. Believe me it is the best seminar 
you've ever attended. It is worth the extra time 
and money. I am going to attend another one in 
AprU just in case I am needed in the office and 
have to miss part of the August seminar. I don't 
want to miss out. I want to learn to be the very 
best teacher that I can be. God expects that of 
me and I'm glad He does. 

See you at the ICL Senninar August 11 and 12 
right here in Ashland at our own Conference. 

— Sherry Van Duyne 

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Pag:e Twenty-three 



If "Women's Lab" were searching for a co-m- 
posite of the foregoiing characteristics, they could 
find the phenomenon in the person of Mrs. WUliam 
(Velma) McClanahan, resident of Bretiiren Care. 

Wife, mother, foreign missionary, and veritable 
genius at creating beauty from little or nothing — 
these are just some of the capacities in which 
she has served or is stUl serving. 

Mrs. McClanahan — or Vehna, as we shall take 
the liberty of calling her — ^is a native of Ontario, 
Canada, where she received part of her education; 
then she continued it in the United States and 
received additional training in Cairo Egypt. 

In Egypt, where she met and was married to 
WUliam McClanahan, she performed an unbeliev- 

able number of services. There, for quite some 
time, she and her husband worked with a Gospel 
tent and operated a book room where they taught 
young Moslems. They also plied the waters of 
the Nile River in a houseboat, visiting remote 
spots where the people had never heard of Christ. 

The McClanahan's love for the work and for 
the Egyptians made it difficult to leave this coun- 
try after a number of years, but to preserve Mr. 
McClanahan's health a move became mandatory. 
From Egypt they continued misaionary work Ln 
Israel, where both of their children — a son and a 
daughter — were bom. This missionary couple 
served in Israel for many years, sending their 
children back to the States for their college ed- 
ucation. Althogether, the McClanahans spent thirty 
years as foreign missionaries. 

Since her husband's death, Vehna has been 
living back in the States. Now she is a resident 
of Brethren Care, where her energy and ingenuity 
are a marvel to all who observe her. 

Always a lover of beauty, she has an amazing 
capacity for creating attractive objects from cast- 
off materials. Old bottles, boxes, bits of ribbon or 
lace, beads, etc., with the aid of Elmer's glue, 
provide the where-with-all to implement her 
imaginative flights. Her room is literally filled 
with these lovely little handcraft items. 

As I visit her room each week — ^sometimes 
bringing a box of my seemingly useless doo-dads — 
I am overwhelmed by what she has created from 
almost nothing. It is my fond hope that she may 
soon be provided a display case in which to keep 
her handiwork; it may provide a shopping center 
for Brethren Care residi'nts, where they may 
select gifts for their friends. 

Our hats are off to this ambitious, resourceful 
little lady who has led a fascinating life and who 
pursues her ingenious way. — il 

The Bomb Was A Bible 

The newspapers in East Africa had been full of 
Arab terrorist activities and of reports about the 
skyjacking of airliners. The Bible Society secre- 
tary was apprehensive as ihe glanced at his feUow 
pasisengers, most of whom -were Arabs. One of 
them had been caugfht with a toox of bullets just 
before boarding the plane. 

As he eased into his seat, the secretary noticed 
■that his seat companion "was also an Arab. Was 
the secretary too nervous in wondering whether 
he had a bomb in 'his pocket? Was this man a 

As the plane took off the Arab talked freely 
and told an amazing story of how he had become 
a Christian and was about to be baptized into the 
Christian faith. But was this story true? When 
the Arab reached into his pocket where there was 
a bulge, the Bible Society secretary was not sure 
what the passenger would bring out. 

Of course, it was not a bomb — ^but a well worn 
copy of the Gospel of John In Arabic. 

"I believe," the Arab said earnestly, "that only 
Jesus Christ can save me and my people from 
'this violence and destruction in which we are in- 
volved. This Book has helped me to know Jesus 

When the Arab discovered he was sitting with 
a Bible Society secretary, he enthusiastically re- 
joiced that he was with a person engaged in the 
translation, publication and distribution of the 
Scriptures. The Arab knew he faced no easy fu- 
ture as a Christian ibut with the Book in his hand 
and Christ in his heart he was full of confident 
faith. He was also a means of reminding this par- 
ticular Bible Society secretary of the often for- 
gotten existence of an active and growing Chris- 
tian church in the Arab com^munity, some of 
whose branches date back hundreds of years. As 
early as 1516 there was Bible translatioin into 
Arabic. The next major event in Arabic Bible 
translations will be the publication of Today's 
Aralbic Version New Testament in 1975. 

American Bible Society Itecord 

Page Twenty-four 

The Brethren Evangelist' 


by J. Perry Deeter 

J. Perry Deeter is a member of the Breth- 
ren Church in Dayton, Ohio and is on the 
Deacon Board of that congregation. 

He is employed by The National Cash 
Register Corporation, is married and the 
father of five children. 

We welcome Perry to our family of con- 
tributors to the pages of THE BRETHREN 
EVANGELIST as the Inspirational tvriter 
for the pages of the Layman's Page of The 
National Laymen's Organization. (Ed. note) 

Living The Good Life 

If we were to ask several different people what 
"living the good life" means to them, I am sure 
that we would get a variety of answers. In most 
cases, they probably would not describe the life 
that they are now leading. You know, "The grass 
always looks greener on the other side of the 
fence." Most people wish for things that they don't 
have. Let's consider some of the things that people 
might associate with the good life. 

A person with a low income would no doubt 
say that if he only had plenty of money to have 
freedom from financial worries, he could live the 
good life. On the other hand, a business executive 
with a large income ajid great responsibilities 
may wash for a sampler, less complicated life. 

Geographical location in which one lives mig'ht 
be mentioned as a factor in living the good life. 
It would be nice to live in a climate that is neither 
too hot or too cold. One who lives in the plains 
may wish to live in an area having more natural 

Inspirational for February 

scenery, such as mountains, lakes, or rivers to 
beautify the landscape. 

There are many other considerations that might 
be mentioned, such as: health, other people in our 
lives, occupation, being free from physical ihandi- 
caps, etc. I am sure that you can think of many 

Up to this point, I have been writing about 
things and circumstances that we, as mortals, 
think about when we consider the good life. Now, 
let's think about the truly "Good life" that Jesus 
was speaking of when He said, "I am come that 
they might have life, and that they might have 
it more abundantly." (John 10:10) Here Jesus tells 
us that He wants us not only to have life, but a 
more abundant Ufe, or, as The Living Bible puts 
it, "life in aU it's fuUness." Are we, as Christians, 
living this full, abundant life? 

God does not link His good life with "tilings" 
at all. "And He said unto them, Take heed, and 

Januai-y 11, 1975 

Page Twenty-five 

beware of covetousness: for a man's life con- 
sisteth not in the abundance of tlie things which 
he possesseth." (Lulce 12:15) The truly good life is 
not dependent upon possessions, popularity, 
wealth, and the other things mentioned above. It 
doesn't have so much to do with what one HAS 
£is with what one IS. The foundation of the truly 
good life is one's personal relationship with God, 
through faith and trust in Christ. Without this 
foundation, one cannot even hope to Uve this 
abundant life. If we are really bom-again Chris- 
tians, and Icnow that we have eternal life, I think 
that this is the first step in living the truly good 
life, both here on this earth and also when we 
reach our Heavenly home. 

This is not to say that all Christians are en- 
joying this abundant life that Jesus speaks about. 
Worry or fear can take the joy out of a Christian 
Me. Most of us do worry and fret over difficulties 
that come our way, even though, as ChristiarLS, 
we know that we should not do this. God does not 
promise that life will be a "bed of roses" when we 

become Christians. But He does promise to give 
us the strength to overcome afflictions and 
troubles that come our way. 

The Epistle of James is a very practical book 
which shows us many things that are involved 
in being a genuine believer. It does not describe 
the good Ufe as such, or even tell us how to 
achieve it. However, if we follow the truths set 
forth in this book, and pattern our lives after 
them, we will find that we are living the good 

In these writings, for the next few months, we 
will explore the book of James to try to get some 
insight as to how we may better enjoy the abun- 
dant life that Jesus spoke of in John 10:10. 
Questions for thought and/or discussion: 

1. Do you think that you would get different 
answers to the question "What does living the 
good life mean to you?" from non-Christians 
than from Christians? 

2. Do you think that most Christians are enjoy- 
ing the "truly good life?" If not, why not? 

a book review 


I am sure many of you have read the book I 
want to review in this issue. First published in 
1972, there are over 135,000 in print and it is now 
a part of Gospel Light's curriculum for adult 
Sunday School classes. Ray Stedman writes from 
his own experience as pastor of the Peninsula 
Bible Church in Palo Alto, California since Septem- 
ber, 1950. 

Some quotes: "It takes the whole Church to do 
the work of the ohurCh." p 130 . . . "the work of 
the ministry belonged to the people and not to 
the pastor" p 133 . . . "When Christians recovered 
their confidence in the power of the gospel, they 
lost their fear of the world." p 135 . . . "The pres- 
ent-day church has managed to do away with 
koinonia almost completely, reducing the witness 
of the church to proclamation (kerygma) alone." 
p 109 . . . "In the beginning, working 'in the 
church' meant to exercise a gift or perform a 
ministry among Christian people wherever they 
were, but gradually it came to mean doing some 
religious act within a building" p 78 . . . "Pastors, 
particularly, must restore to the people the min- 
istry which was taken fixttn them with the best 
of intentions" p 79. 

The book talks about the spiritual gifts given 
to all beUevers and their use within the "church" 
and the importance of their practice for the 
growth of the body. The lasit chapter gives some 
practical illustrations from the Peninsula Bible 
Church on home Bible studies and other programs 
of this church but which all depend upon the par- 
ticipation of each member of the body. One chap- 
ter of illustrations and the rest of the book on 

Body Life by Ray C. Stedman is published by 
Regal Books and is available in paperback for 
$1.25 plus postage from the Brethren PubUshing 
Company or other Christian booksrt;ores. Well 
worth the money as one considers the ideas pre- 
sented for life in the church. 

The Bookworm 

Page Twenty-six 

The Brethren Evangelist 


by Mrs. Pat Ritchey 



Section 2 


I Samuel 15 

Greetings to you in the Saviour's name! It is 
a real joy to be writing to you today and know 
that Jesus is surrounding me with His love and 
that you can share in that love with me right now. 
My heart is eager to share with you what the 
Lord has been doing in my life and perhaps this 
wOl be an inspiration to you in your life. 

Obedience! What a topic for discussion! You 
know, when I began to study this topic, I began 
to ask questions of myself and God. In fact, I 
asked so many questions that it took a while to 
find the answers. But, Praise Jesus, He had the 
answers all the time, right in His book, the Bible. 

As my questions became answered I was con- 
vinced that my life had to hold the qualities in 
it that the Lord had specified in His word. I also 
came under trial for my conviction. Last week I 
tried to begin writing this article and blundered 
terribly. But, I believe that the Lord was not fin- 
isihed trying my convictions. This whole week 
mow has been spent in prayer, searching the scrip- 
ture and trying to express my faith to the Lord 
in this trial. 

Today, I have been able to obey God's word in 
a serious personal matter. Now the sun is even 
rejoicing at the victory over Satan and his firey 
darts! Since I have been enabled to accomplish the 
task the Lord has set before me, the sun has 
shone outside. Not only that, but the sun is shin- 
ing inside, too. My spirit is rejoicing in the mighty 
wonder of God as my creator and the lover of my 
soul. How I praise Him this day for His great 
enabling Holy Spirit who gave me motivation and 
ability to carry out my assignment. Rejoice with 
me at the wonderful thing the Lord has done. 

Today as I prepare this meeting's topic for 
discussion, I am going to leave the structure of 
the program up to you. You may pray, sing, study, 
etc. in the order that you want to do it. The ma- 
terial I ajTi bringing to you today, may be used 
as you want to use it. 

I want to focus first on a scripture from I Sam- 
uel 15. This is how it reads in the LIVING BIBLE: 

"One day Samuel said to Saul, "I crowned you 
king of Israel because God told me to. Now be 
sure that you obey him. Here is his command- 
ment to you: 'I have decided to settle accounts 
v/ith the nation of Amalek for refusing to aUow 
my people to cross their territory when Israel 
came from Egypt. Now go and completely destroy 
the entire Amalek nation — men, women, babies, 
little children, oxen, sheep, camels, and donkeys.' " 

So Saul mobilized his army at Telaim. There 
were two hundred thousand troops in addition to 
ten thousand men from Judah. The Amalekites 
were camped in the v£dley below them. Saul sent 
a message to the Kenites, teUing them to get out 
from among the Amalekites or else die with them. 
"For you were kind to the people of Israel when 
they came out of the land of Egypt," he explained. 
So the Kenites packed up and left. 

Then Saul butchered the Amaleldtes from 
Havilah all the way to Shur, east of Egypt. He 
captured Agag, the king of the Amalekites, but 
killed everyone else. However, Saul and his men 
kept the best of the sheep and oxen and the fattest 
of the lambs — everything, in fact, that appealed 
to them. They destroyed only what was worthless 
or of poor quality. Then the Lord said to Samuel: 
"I am sorry that I ever made Saul king for he 
has again refused to obey me." 

Samuel was so deeply moved when he heard 
what God was saying, that he cried to the Lord 
all night. Early the next morning he went out 
to find Saul. Someone said that he had gone to 
Mount Carmel to erect a monument to himself, 
and had then gone on to Gilgal. When Samuel 
finally found him, Saul greeted him cheerfully. 

"Hello there," he said. "Well, I have carried 
out the Lord's command!" 

"Then what was aU the bleating of sheep and 
lowing of oxen I heard?" Samuel demanded. 

"It's true that the army spared the best of the 
sheep and oxen," Saul admitted, "but they are 
going to sacrifice them to the Lord your God; 
and we have destroyed everything else." 

Then Samuel said to Saul, "Stop, Listen to 
what the Lord told me last night!" "What was 
it?" Saul asked. 

January 11, 1975 

Page Twenty-seven 

And Samuel told him, "When you didn't think 
much of yourself, God made you king of Israel. 
And he sent you on an errand and told you, 'Go 
and completely destroy the sinners, the Amalekites, 
until they are aU dead.' Then why didn't you obey 
the Lord? Why did you rush for the loot and do 
exactly what God said not to?" 

"But I have obeyed the Lord," Saul insisted. "I 
did what he toid me to; and I brought King Agag 
but kUled everyone else. And it was only when 
my troops demanded it that I let them keep the 
best of the sheep and oxen and loot to sacrifice 
to the Lord." 

Samuel repJied, "Has the Lord as much pleasure 
in your burnt offering and sacrifices as in your 
obedience? Obedience is fair better than sacrifice. 
He is much more interested in your listening to 
him than in your offering the fat of rams to him. 
For rebeUion is as bad as the sin of witchcraft, 
and stubbornness is as bad as worshiping idols. 
And now because you have rejected the word of 
Jehovah, he has rejected you from being king." 

"I have sinned," Saul finally admitted. "Yes, I 
have disobeyed your instructions and the com- 
mand of the Lord, for I was afraid of the people 
and did what they demanded. Oh, please pardon 
my sin now and go with me to worship the Lord." 

But Samuel replied, "It's no use! Since you 
have rejected the commandment of the Lord, he 
has rejected you from being the king of Israel." 

As Samuel turned to igo, Saul grabbed at him 
to try to hold him back, and tore his robe. 

And Samuel said to him, "See? The Lord has 
torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and 
has given it to a countryman of yours who is 
better than you are. And he who is the glory of 
Israel is not lying, nor will he change his mind, 
for he is not a man!" 

Samuel never saw Saul again, but he mourned 
constantly for him; and the Lord was sorry that 
he had ever made Saul king of Israel." 

Here is a list of the questions I asked myself 
when I began to study about OBEDIENCE. 

1. What is obedience? 

2. What is disobedience? 

3. How does God feel about O'bedience? 

4. What is behind the attitude of disobedience? 

5. What is behind the attitude of obedience? 

6. Who must obey God? 

7. Why must they obey God? 

8. What are the results of obedience? 

9. What example does God give us of obedience? 

10. What difference does my attitude make? 

11. I am weak, where can I get strength to obey? 

12. My attitude is bad, how can I change? 
These are the scripture references that I used 

to answer the questions that I had. You may use 
them to assist you in answering my questions for 
yourself or questions that you may have to answer. 
There may be other scriptures that will also help 
answer these questions. 


I Samuel 15 2; 3; 4 

John 15:9, 10 & 14 3; 7; 8; 9; 10; 12 

Hebrews 5:7-9 9 

I John 2:3-6 1; 6; 12 

I John 1:9 12 

Psahns 119:96, 97 & 112 5 

John 14:15-24 1; 2; 8; 10; 11 

Hebrews 13:17 4; 6; 9 

Colossians 3:23-25 4; 10 

I John 3:19-24 8 

I Peter 1:14-16 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7 

Leviticus 26:3-13 3; 8 

It has been my desire as I have shared this 
material with you that you would reap a real har- 
vest from working through these scriptures. I 
could not give you pat or (Pat) answers that 
would fit your life's needs, but I can only point 
you to the ONE who is constantly meeting mine. 
May God bless you richly as you grow in un- 
derstanding of the Christian way. 


by Mrs. Pauline Benshoff 

A New Love 


Love Meets Needs 

Last month I sihared with you the hope that 
you would want to reconsecrate, and rededicate 
yourselves and your talents to Christ and experi- 
ence a New Beginning. Repentence is starting 
anew, my friend, repentence is starting anew. 

In February, we usually show to those we love, 
some special act of kindness, trying to relay to 
them we love them. God taught us this originally. 
Because He loves, we love. This love shows in 
many ways, but sometimes our actions speak so 

Page Twenty-eight 

loud, folks can't hear what we say. Is your love 
for others sincere? Or do you make them feel 
you love them just to get something for yourself? 
This way would not be God's way of course. He 
shows forgiving love, understanding love, lasting 
love and fulfilling love. Isn't it hard to love like 
that, all the time? Let's read the Word to see and 
hear and understand something about this Agape 

As you gather for your meeting, have the hostess 
or leader give each one a half of a previously cut 
heart. The hearts should be cut puzzle-style, so 
that each girl has to find the heart that will match 
hers to make the heart complete. After all parts 
are matched, have partners then tell about an 
act of love they performed that day, or week. Also 
tell why you wanted to do it. You will no doubt 
find out you are not so selfish after aU. Try it. 
Listen as each couple teUs their experience. Why 
expect others to listen when you speak if you do 
not consider them worth listening to? This will 
be a nice opener for your meeting. 
DEVOTIONAL READING: I John 4:7-21; and 

PRAYER: Have a silent prayer period, and then 
ask someone to close the prayer session. 
LEADER: Since Love, as Christ loves, is our 
concern here at this meeting, we will discuss sev- 
eral kinds of love. Our first topic will be about 
forgiving love. 


A good friend of yours and you have come to 
the parting of the ways. Your friend betrayed a 
confidence and you got into trouble. What do you 
do, get angry and not forgive her when she has 
stood by you so many times before? God loves 
her. Why can't you? Don't you ever make mis- 
takes? Real love forgives! That's why God can 
forgive us. He is REAL! He loves us in spite of 
the sin and wrong doing. He doesn't like the sin, 
nor condone it, but He does forgive when we ask 
Him. The scripture reading tonight said, if you 
can't forgive others, you cannot ask your Father 
to forgive you. Think of God's forgiving love in 
your behalf and then love you.' friend. Because 
Christ has forgiven you, you can forgive her. God 
is counting on you to be His example of forgiving 
love here on the earth. You wouldn't let Him 
down, would you? Isn't forgiving something won- 
derful? Just try it a little more often. It is a real 
good spiritual exercise. And my, how it improves 
your spiritual health. 


Among so many, can He care? Can special love 
be everywhere? A myriad homes, A myriad ways, 
And God's eye over every place. Yes, Gk)d loves 
you and He cares. What's more He understands 
all the reasons, the circumstances, the innocence, 
the everything about it and about you. He is the 
only one that completely understands. David ex- 
pressed himself in the Psalms that "He knoweth 
my uprisings and my downsittings." In other 
words. He knows everything and He understands 
all about it. This is just another phase of that 
Agape love. It is an understanding love, full of 
compassion and helpfulness. Let's try to develop 
a more understanding love and be less critical of 
others, since we have not lived their life and can- 

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not fuUy know all we need to know to fully judge 
another. Besides only God is the judge anyway. 
If we could only understand as God does! But 
since we can't, let's let it up to Him. Praise Him 
constantly for the opportunities you have to show 
understanding love. 


Once in a while someone lives a beautiful and 
totally unselfish life — "just for others." They live 
as if their only prayers were "Lord, let me live 
for others." To them every individual in their life, 
regardless of relationship or cornpatability, is 
important because they are God's creation. They 
feel, if they fail to love and serve them, they hurt 
God first. You see, Jesus gave His "all" for oithers. 
Fulfilling love captures your love to Christ in 
several things; a knowledge of Christ, satisfaction 
with Christ as your Saviour, esteem for Christ 
and delight in Him as Lord of yoiur life. Love is 
the all-sufficient ideal guide and test for life. Our 
lives are very important to Christ and He wants 
to see us Uving fulfilled lives, spilling over into 
the lives of those we live with, and come in con- 
tact with. 

Jesus didn't say, so long as you love me in your 
hearts, I care nothing about your lives. He who 
loves Christ is a free man, but he is also a man 
under ibonds. He is put under bonds to Christ 
by grateful love. So everything we do, should bring 
Christ to mind, for we want only to please Him 
with our lives and every part of our person. 

LEADER: Are you convinced that Real love does 
meet needs? Have you felt you are everything 
you need to be to Show God's love everyday. We 
have some things to think about. Don't we? How 
many of you can say I Jdhn 4:19 from memory? 
Look it up and then say it together. 


ments are being prepared) 

I John 4:19 John 13:35 

John 15:13 Psahn 122:6 

Amos 5:15 I John 4:7 

John 15:12, 17 Rom. 13:10 

Heb. 13:1 Micah 6:8 

Prov. 17:17 Mark 12:30 


Don't forget: National Dues are to be in Jan- 
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January 11, 1975 

Pa^e Twenty-nine 



Arno E. Reed, 72, passed away December 2, 
1974. He was married to Hazel Six, who survives 
-along with 2 sons and 5 daughters, 22 graind- 
children, and 11 great-grandchildren. Services 
were held at the North Li'berty First Brethren 
Church with Rev. Stephen Cole officiating. 

* * * 


Mrs. Nellie B. Fennell, 88, passed away Novem- 
ber 15, 1974. Services were held on the 18th with 
burial in the Burlington Cemetery. Surviving are 
two daughters. She was a long time member of 
the Burlington Church. 

Services by the undersigned. 

Pastor Albert O. Curtright 


Mrs. Vedia M. Hendrix, 91, passed away Decem- 
ber 9, 1974. Services were held on the 11th ; burial 
was in the Burlington Cemetery. Surviving her 
is one daughter, Mrs. Jim Herrell, two step- 
daughters, Mrs. Edith Mitchell and Mrs. Donald 
Wagoner. She was a life-time member of the 
Burlington Church. 

Services by the undersigned. 

Pastor Albert O. Curtright 

* * * 


Mrs. Elva Charlene Wiggs, 65, passed away 
November 18, 1974. Services were held on the 
21st in the First Brethren Churcfh of Milf ord with 
burial in the MiMord Cemeteiy. 

Survivors inolude her husband. Otto Wiggs, one 
son, Duane, and two daughters. She was a mem- 
ber of the Milford Church. 

Services by the undersigned. 

Pastor Albert O. Curtright 


Mrs. Esther G. Bailey, 79, passed away Decem- 
ber 20, 1974. Services were held December 22 with 
burial in the Union Cemetery. Surviving are four 
sons, Detaiair C, Gall W., Jdhn A., and Harold 
H. BaUey. 

She was a member of the Bur'lington Church. 

Services by the undersigned. 

Pastor Albert O. Curtright 


Alice Berkheiser, 55, passed away on December 
6, 1974 in Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru, Indiana. 

She is survived by her father, Floyd Mygrant, 
her husband Joseph, five sons and seven 

Services were held at the Mexico First Brethren 
Church by Pastor Gerald Barr. 

* * * 


Mr. Marion D. Kreamer 61, of Roanoke, Indiana 
passed away October 7, 1974 at the Lutheran 
Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He is survived 
by his wife. Amy, a son, three grandchildren, and 
his father. 

Services were conducted by Rev. Phillip Phil- 
brook and Rev. Michael Huixl. 


Mr. John L. Wissinger, 99, died September 11, 
1974. Siirvived by sons, Samuel E. and Charles G., 
both of Johnstown; and John C, Phoenix, Arizona. 
Service was held at Edward E. Davis Funeral 
Home, Conemaugh, by Rev. Don Rager. 


Myrtle Michael, 69, passed away October 9, 1974. 
Surviving, four sisters, Ada Shapeless, Mildred 
Trimball, Florence Replogle and Jane Boon; one 
brother, Richard. 

Rev. John Brownsberger 


Rdlla Stokes, 78, passed away November 18, 
1974 leaving his wife Minmeta and one son Lincoln. 
Rolla was a Deacon in the Dayton Church. 
Rev. John Brownsberger 

* * * 


Gladys Fox, 62, passed away November 22, 1974. 
Surviving, her husband Russell and a sister Mar 
gret Russell and one brother Watkins White. 
Rev. John Brownsberger 

* * * 


Vema Hales, 85 passed away November 16, 
leaving two daughters, Mrs. Paula Brown, Mrs. 
Evelyn Puteribaugh; two sisters, Maude Stokey and 
Mrs. Myrtis Henson. 

Rev. John Brownsterger 

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With weeks of prayer and preparation and many 
individuals planning and participating a spirituid 
renewal was experienced in the hearts of many 
iBryan, Ohio Brethren. 

Forty-eight hours were set aside for the Lord 
as a "Lay Witness Mission" took place (Nov. 8-10). 
What is a Lay Witness Mission? It is a weekend 
experience of renewal. The Lord used a group 
(approx. 50) of dedicated and trained lay men, 
women and youth from O'ther churches and com- 
nnunities as they came to our church and shared 
with us what Christ means in their lives. These 
people were not professionals, nor are they perfect 
Ohristians. They were ordinary people like you 
and I who have been searching for spiritual reality 
and struggling in their relationship with God. 
Each one of them have begun to find an answer 
and were willing to share it with oithers. 

This was a thne <af sharing Christian to Chris- 
tian, our common problems, hopes and beliefs 
and a tame of breaking down the walls ithat we 
tend to build around ourselves. It was a time of 
isanaH group sharing, small prayer groups, carry-in 
fellowship meals, and sharing in large group 
meetings. Such words as love, joy, Holy Spirit, 
submission, God's wUl, God's time, forgive me, 
God loves you and I love you and Praise the Lord 
were expresed and experienced. 

"Come and hear, all of you who reverence the 
Lord, and I wUl tell you what he did for me: For 
I cried to him for help, with praises ready on my 
tongue. He would not have listened if I had not 
confessed my sons. But he listened! He heard my 

The Brethren Evangrelist 

prayer! He paid attention to it! Blessed be God 
who didn't turn away when I was praying, and 
didn't refuse me his kindness and love." Psalm 
66:16-20 Living Bible. 

The Lord heard the cry to Him as many were 
wUling to say "OK Lord, I've been doing it my 
way. Now, I trust YOU to sihow me the way." As 
a result many are experiencing the abundant and 
viotorious Christian life . . . GIVE and YOU shall 
abundantly receive. 

The week-end activities were conducted by co- 
ordinators, Bill and Jean Adoock, of Dearborn, 
Mich, and the lay witnesses (who incidentally all 
came at their own expense). 

Dan Sander served as the General Chairman 
and worked faithfully with the pastor, Rev. M. W. 
Dodds. All who participated were blessed by the 
Holy Spirit. Praise the Lord! 

Corresponding Sec, 
Louise Bishop 


The Vinco Brethren Church held Redly Day 
Sunday November 3, 1974 for the purpose of dedi- 
cating its new fellowrship house. The event O'pened 
with Sunday School at 9:30 A.M. and morning 
worship at 10:30. A carry-in dinner was held at 
12:30 followed by a program. The dedication of 
the new building was held at 2:30. Lester Leidy, 
finance chairman presented the building to the 
congregation, and Rev. C. WUUam Cole, dedicated 
the bual'ding. The program was made up of musical 
selections by the Messenger Quartet, a reading 
by Wayne Botteicher, a vocal solo by Linda Metz- 
ger and musical selections by the Vinco Male 

((Members of the Messenger Quartet are David 
Mackall, Barry Dysert, Bryan Lynch, Rob Dysert 
and Miss Metzger. Members of the Male Quartet 
are Lester Leidy, James Mackall, Jacob MackaU, 
Weldon McQuUlen, and Betty McQuiUen.) 

The original building, which is located adjacent 
to the church, was presented to the church in 
1953 by James I and Jacob S. Mackall in memory 
of their parents, Millard and Essie Mackall. The 
building, which is capable of seating more than 
300 persons, was constructed by David Cotterman 
of Mineral Point, Contractor. The day's events 
concluded with an evening service at 7:30 at the 

The Messenger Quartet, of Vinco Brethren 
Church, held a concert Monday, November 25, 1974. 
These young men and their pianist never forget 
to give their personal testimonies. At the close 
of their concerts they always give the invitation 
to those who would like to know their Lord and 
Savior. Several came foirward for rededication. 
PRAISE THE LORD for these young people. 

January 11, 1975 

Pagre Thirty-one 



85th Anniversary at Pittsburg-h 

Friends across the Brotherhood are invited to 
the 85th anniversary of the First Brethren Church 
ocE Pittsburgh January 25th and 2eth. Organized 
in 1890 by the leading ot the Lord and the efforts 
of Daniel J. Bole, the PittBiburgh Bretliren are 
loolcing forward to celebrating this important 
milestone in the congregation's history. 

The theme of the celebration is, "WaUdng in 
the Light," with I John 1:7 as the theme verse, 
"But if we walli in the lis:ht as He Himself is in 
the light, we have fellowship with one another, 
and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from 
all sin." 

The three special services wiU highlight the 
past, present, and future of the Brethren in Pitts- 
burgh. Saturday evenings' service, "Past Lig'ht," 
win feajture former pastor, Rev. Alvln Grumbling, 
now of Newark, O'hio as speaker. Sunday mom- 
ing's service, "Present Light," will have Mr. John 
Rowsey, Associate Secretary of the Missionary 
Board, as guest speaker. Following a dinner at 
tihe church at noon, the afternoon service will fea- 
ture another former pastor as speaker, Rev. Brian 
Moore, now at South Bend, Indiana, on the theme 
"Future Lig'ht." The present pastor, Norman Long, 
and the First Brethren oongregation covet your 
prayers that God wiU oonrtinue to keep us "Walk- 
ing in the Light." 

Please notify us at least 
3 weeks in advance 

Name of Subscriber {Please print or type) 

No. and Street, Apt.. Suite, P.O. Box or R.D. No. 

Post Office, State, and ZIP Code 

Date of Address Change 

We hope the price of the tickets to the football 
game at the Sugar Bowl weren't comparable to 
the price of sugar this year. 

WOODSY OWL,, the anti-poUution spokesbird for 
the U.S. Forest Service says: 

Keep your engine properly tuned (approximately 
every 10,000 miles). Encourage others to do the 
same. This cuts down on exhaust emissions and 
helps reduce air pollution. 

Whether man is disposed to yield to nature or 
oppose her, he cannot do withoik a correct under- 
standing of her language. 

Jean Rostand 





We |usl cant depend on Ihe other guy to keep our 
outdoors beautiful. Its up lo each and every one of 
us to prevent sight pollution and lo make America a 
better place to live. For ways you can help, send for 
Woodsy Owl's anti-pollution poster. It's yours free 
when you write Woodsy Owl, Forest Service, U. S D, A 
Washington, D C. 20250, 

And remember, give a hoot, don't pollute. 

Don't be a dirty bird, no matter where you go. 

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In This Issue: 


Guest Editorial by Dan Brenner 
(from the COLLEGIAN) 



by Beth Gilmer 


by il. 



15 MEMORIAL - Thoburn C. Lyon 




24 NAE (News Briefs) 

PYSCHOLOGY by Julia Flora 




^^^ l^miSTRY IS 

1^^?^^ ^.^ 

Uu i^^^ MAGAZlNEf 

An attempt to enhance the contents of our 
church organ THE BRETHREN EVANGE.LIST, is 
being made by the Executive Committee of The 
Brethren Publishing Compamy. 

In order to make the magazine more appealing; 
and interesting to the members of The Brethren 
Church and others, an opportunity to be a part oi 
the program is being offered to all our readers' 
through the medium of a questionnaire prepared* 
by the Committee. 

On Pages 29 and 30 of this issue is the question- 
naire just mentioned and in order to begin a 
project of this nature an opinion poU throughout 
the Brethren denomination is perhaps the best 
guideline to use for this purpose. 

We trust that you wHl take advantage of the 
opportunity to voice your opinion about the maga- 
zine and its contents by fUlLng out the question-i 
naire and tearing out the page and sending it tO' 
c/o Executive Committee 

Your co-operation Ln this endeavor wUl be great 
ly appreciated. We ask also that the members oif 
the committee and members of the Publishing 
Board and editorial staff be given prayerful sup- 
port for Heavenly guidance in this most important 
and significant step. 

January 25, 1975 

By the Way 

Page Three 


by Dan Brenner 

Any person (or bird), if slapped hard enough 
and consistently enough, will learn to keep away 
from the source of pain that jolts him each time 
b.e ventures into it. Self-protection, the automatic 
avoidance of danger and pain, is the primary in- 
stinct programmed into every organism from the 
amoeba on up. This law can be demonstrated in 
the laboratory with the scientist and his electro- 
shocked rats. It can be seen in the Mtohen when 
±e toddler learns that the stove really does burn. 
[t can be recalled in each of our lives as we climbed 
:he stairs of experience and learned where and 
vhen not to step, what hurts and what does not 

So it is with the Bleak Beaked Loon, member of 
Ghe oft-regarded SoUtaiius Avarius Family. Only 
the source of pain he has learned to avoid is not 
a hot stove or an electric shock — ^it is people. Like 
tinyone else he is a product of his experiences. But 
Imlike most of us the stepping stones climbed in 
chose experiences included a series of bruising 
Encounters that taught him a form of self-pro- 
cection that exacted a tragic price — loneliness. He 
earned that being a loner was less painful than 
crying not to be one. 

AU of us know or remember at least a few 
31eak Beaked Loons. The skinny pimply kid from 
unior high, the fat awkard boy from gym class, 
lie normal looking ibut puzzling young man who 
lever smiles or talks to anyone. It is true enough 
hat they have no desire to explore or discover, 
>ut it is just as true, and more inexcusable, that 
he ipeople making these observations about them 
lave no desire to explore and discover why the 
31eak Beaked Loons are that way. The call "luv 
ne — luv me" is a pitiful one indeed, but even 
nore pitiful is the person who recognizes the call 
and fails to respond to it. Hurt people need first 
;o be loved before they can feel safe to love back. 

Contrary to the opinion most Bleak Beaked 
LiOons have of themselves, there does exist a body 
)f ipeople in which they can have as essential a 
■ole as any of its other members. This is the Body 
)f Christ and it consists of people who have been 
'edeemed by the sacrifice of the Son of God and 
lire vmified under the binding oneness of His 
Jpirit. In I Corinthians 12:12-13 St. Paul describes 
;he Body as thus: "For even as the body is one 
md yeit has many memlbers, and aU the members 
bf the body, though they are many, are one body, 
so also is Christ. For Iby one Siptrit we were all 

baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, 
whether slaves or free, and we were all made to 
drink of one Spirit." 

The Body of Christ excludes absolutely no one. 
Every member is as vital to the functioning of the 
whole as is anyone else within it. Paul made this 
abundantly clear when he said: "For the body is 
not one member, but many. If the foot should say, 
'Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the 
body,' it is not for this reason any the less a part 
of the body. And if the ear should say, 'Becaiise 
I am not a eye, I am not a part of the body,' it is 
not for this reason any the less a part of the body. 
If the whole body were an eye, where would the 
hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where 
would the sense of smell be? But now God has 
placed the members, each one of them, in the body, 
just as He desired." (I Corinthians 12:14-18) 

For the Bleak Beaked Loon, the only hard 
part in belonging to the Body of Christ lies in his 
understanding of the fact that he is a true part. 
By accepting the gift of forgiveness in Christ, the 
membership is already an accomplished fact. 
Though a loner's whole background and condition- 
ing teUs him otherwise, he is as much a ii>art of 
the Body as his finger is a part of his hand. His 
only need is to accept this — ^to want to accept this. 

Jesus told His disciples to love each other as 
He had loved them. This is where the true Spirit 
of Christ Uves — in love. Just as Jesus accepted and 
gave Himself to His disciples, so are the members 
of His Body to accept and give to each other. And 
it is here, if Christ's words are heeded, that the 
Bleak Beaked Loon's heartbreaking cry for love 
can be satiated. A greater joy awaits him, how- 
ever, when he discovers that true happiness lies 
in giving of himself, as he has been given to. For 
him, the freedom to give needs to be taught. 

Come to Christ, Bleak Beaked Loons, and be a 
part of His Body. There are no "no trespassing" 
signs to stand m your way, nor are there any 
club rules to mold into. Instead, there is a true 
Spirit and a true reference point to guide your 
path straight. Don't separate yourself. Accept 
that you are accepted. 

This guest editorial is reprinted by per- 
mission from the Comm,unity Corner section 
of the COLLEGIAN, official student publica- 
tion of Ashland College. 

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In loving memory of her brother, John A. Rishel 
and 'his wife, Maxy E. Ringler presented her 
annual memorial gift to the Missionary Board. 

* * * 

The South Bend, Indiana Church memorialized 

members as follows: 
Earl Corbridge 

Mrs. Ruth Moore, mother of Ed Bottorff 
Mrs. Ida H. Pitts, mother of John Harden, Sr. 
George N. Beamer 

Clem Mamerow, father of Kathryn Shields 
Roland V. Maurer, father of Mrs. Owen KiWer 

* * * 

Memorials were received from the Washington, 
D.C. Brethren Church in loving memory of the 

Mr. Edwin Beachley, brother of Mrs. Laura 

Mr. Simon Peter Wilhams, brother of 

Mrs. Daisy Rhodes 
Mr. Earl Lehman and Mr. Ralph Lehman, 

'brothers of Mr. Glenn Lehman, Sr. 
Mrs. Christine Action, sister of Mrs. 
Catherine Wood 

The Truth Seeker's Class of the First Brethrei 
Churoh, Park St., Ashland gave a memorial gif 
to the work in Colombia in memory of Dr. C. E 

* * * 

Memorials to SaUie Griffith Dugan were treceiv* 
from the Woman's Missionary Society of th< 
Masontown Brethren Church and also Esther Mi 
Ankrum and Mary Alice Bowman. 

The members of the Turah Locke Bible Class sent 
a gift in loving memo'ry of Mrs. Vergie Mdlnturfffc 
mother of Mrs. Ruth Conner and Mrs. Endor^ 

* * * 

Luda Hall Poctfenberger sent her yearly remeir 
brance to the Krypton missian in memory of he 
father. Reverend Joseph T. Hall. 

* * * 

Evan L. Hamilton sent a gift to missions in lovin) 
memory of Thobum Lyon, member of the Wasll 
ington D.C. Church. 

ranuary 25, 1975 P^e Five 


by Maria Miranda 


September 20-22, 1974 the ladies of the Missionary Societies iiad the priviledge 
of attending our 7th annual Congress, with the best attendance ever. We had chal- 
lenging messages, and as we shared the blessing that the Lord has given us, we 
had a wonderful time. 

Our project for 1974, was to raise money, so that we may help purchase the 
pulpit for the first Church in Colombia. We feel that even in a rather small way 
we wanted to be a part of the Missionary Work of the Brethren Church Worldwide. 
Also part of the collected money will go to purchase or provide for the down-pay- 
ment oif a piece of land for one of the new Extension Churches, to be open this com- 
ing year. 

As for 1975, we have all launched out in faith, to do more than twice that which 
has been done before. The Brethren Church in Argentina is laimching a new Church 
Growth plan. Three of the most experienced pastors wUl be moved to new towns 
to open new work and establish new churches. So the Women's Missionary Society, 
by faith, is planmng to pay for the rent of one of the parsonages needed for that 
new effort. 

We ibeUeve that we have a good group of women, that wUl pray and give so 
that our goal may be reached. Pray for us, pray for the leaders otf our church in 
Argentina, and for each one of us that we might have the burden to support the 
missionary work. As I was re-elected to be the president of this wonderful group, 
and with the ones that also were re-Clected and those new ones that make the Na- 
tional Committee, we pray that the Lord wUl bless us, and will also bless those 
other women in the United States, that have done so much so that the gospel could 
be preached to this Land. 

Pa£:e Six 

The Brethren Evangelist 


The following neius item from the MISSIONARY NEWS SERVICE 
tells of the formation of neiv evangelical body in India of tvhich the Breth- 
ren Mission of India and our missionaries the Prasantha Kumars and noiv 
Vijaya Kumar form a part. 

Akola, India (MNS) — FSfteen church bodies 
representing more than 500 congregations meeting 
here November 3, 1974, announced the formation 
of the Federation of EvangeUcal Churches of 
India (FECI). The 15 constituent bodies have an 
aggregate memibership of over 75,000. Site of the 
gathering was the headquarters of the Christian 
and Missionary Alliance here. 

The evangelization of India and the deifense otf 
the historic faith were among the goals stated at 
the inauguration ceremonies, as some 150 dele- 
gates participated in the three days of celebration. 

The federation marks the climax of 20 years of 
vision, prayer and discussion, and four years of 
negotiations by 32 evangelical church bodies. Only 
half of these bodies participated in the inaugura- 
tion. Some churches are still awaiting final ap- 
proval from their church councils, and in a few 
cases, from their mission boards, according to 
a report by Bruce NichoUs, International Coor- 
dinator of the Theological Assistance Program of 
the World Evangelical Fellowship who was pres- 
ent at the gathering. 

The inaugural address was given by P. T. Cham 
dapiila. General Secretary of the Union of Evaiw 
gelical Students of India and member of the St 
Thomas Evangelical Church of South India. Dr, 
I. Ben Wati, Executive Secretary of the Evangel- 
ical Fellowship of India, offered the prayer oi 
dedication. The President of the Federation, Revj 
y. T. Aghamkar (C&MAl, and the Vice President, 
Rev. T. C. George of the reformed St. Thomasi 
Evangelical Church of South India, conducted -the 
communion service. 

"The Federation has the potential of becoming 
a major force in the Church in India and in the 
life of the nation with strong national leadership 
and the good will of the supporting church," aoi 
cording to NichoUs. "Evangelical church groups 
remaining outside the present ecumenical Churcih 
unions number at least 500,000. The Federation 
has the possibility of equaling the size the United 
Church of North India formed three years ago.". 

Many of the churches in the FECI are the fruil 
of missions within the IFMA and EFMA, NichoMsl 

Januaxy 35, 1975 

Page Seven 

The genius of ithe Federation Is the dynamic 
concern of its leaders for evanigelism and church 
growth rather than its constitutional structure. 
This was clearly evidenced in the 3-day workshop 
on evangelism and church grow^th which imme- 
diately followed the celebrations as a part of the 
inauguration activities. Dr. Vergil Gerber, Execu- 
tive Director of the Evangelical Missions Informa- 
tion Service, and Dr. Donald McGavran, Dean 
Elmeritus of Fuller Theological Seminary's School 
of World Mission, along with Professor Middleton 
(Union Biblical Semtnciry, Yeotmal), excited the 
the participants to new and specific goals in evan- 
gelism. At the end of the workshop the church 
leaders set realistic goals of planting 70 new 
churches durinig the coming year. 

The planning committee of FECI decided to 
appoint a full-time director for church planting 
and leadership training. They agreed to make 
greater use of Bible School and Seminary students 
along with indigenous missionaries from groups 
like the Tamil missionary prayer bands of South 
India in their church planting projects. 

One of the early actions of the negotiating com- 
mittee of the Federation was to appoint working 
commissions in evangelism, cross-cultural mis- 
sions, youth, church education, and social concern. 
The leaders stress the priority of the establishing 
and nurture of new churches, the strengthening 
of fellowship between scattered churches, and the 
defense of the historic evangelical faith, calling 

for a clear Biblical witness in the midst of radi- 
cally secular or religiously syncretlstic church 
ideologies now threatening the growth of the 
churches in India. 

The structure of the Federation is grounded on 
the principle of the primacy of the local church 
as the visible community of the people of God. 
As a federal-type union of churches, it recognizes 
that each member body, whether an autonomous 
local church or a denominational grouping of 
churches, will retain its freedom in matters of 
church poUcy, administration, worship, property 
and finance, but wlU share together in the out- 
reach of the Church in the world. Local churches 
will have direct representation in the regional 
assemblies, while member bodies together with 
regional assembly representation will form the 
General Assembly. At the triennial General Assem- 
bly local churches will re represented. 

One of the first actions of the new Executive 
Committee was to appeal to the Prime Minister, 
Indira Gandhi, to appoint an impartial commission 
to investigate the alleged persecution of Christians 
and the burning of their churches in the North 
East State of Arunachal Pradesh. Another was 
to jom with other organizations in inviting BUly 
Graham to come to India during 1976. 

Congratulations were received from the Presi- 
dent of India and from many Evangelical church 
and mission leaders. 


A Home Mission Minisfty in St. Pelenbatg, floridi J%k^- 

Si-. pMi&uubtsch :,^^;, ' ' 

4(1^ Bonnie Manson ' ^j^ - 

It was the week before Christmas. After my 
7:00-3:00 day at school, I trudged into Brethren 
House to see what was going on. This is my usual 
practice, but I usually don't stay long. I'm too 
tired after teaching to an open-space school all 

But this day I decided to try to "catch" the in- 
terest of a few children m Christmas music. I 
never get enough of that. "Come on, Joan. Let's 
smg some Christmas carols," I suggested. Joan 
and I went to the piano bench and I began playing 
and stoging "Away to a Manger." Joan didn't want 
to stay, but soon I -was surrounded by others. 

Some stayed for only one or two songs, but 
Brad, Bert, Amy and EmmaLou kept requesttog 
additional ones. "Let's try 21," Brad would say 
and so we would stog that one. The books I was 
ustog were Mttle paperback ones with only 
Christmas music. I think Brad and Bert and 
EmmaLou selected every song to that little book 
and would have done them agato if I had been 

able to stay but by that time I had to get supper 

They selected the old favorites — "Silent Night" 
(2 times), "O Come, AH Ye Faithful," "It Came 
Upon the Midnigiht Clear" — ^but also some of the 
classics: "Lo, How a Rose," by Palestrtoa and "O 
Little One Sweet," by Bach. 

If I had said, "Now everyone must come and 
sing Christmas carols; we wlU begto with "Lo, 
How a Rose E'er Bloomtog," I would have en- 
countered resistance. But the selections were their 
ideas and they wanted to sing. They also wanted 
to be close to me. EmmaLou pulled her chair right 
up to the piano. I had to put my left arm around 
Amy sitting with me on the bench to play the bass 
notes. It was a beautiful experience. I went ho'me 
rested. We all enjoyed singmg. Some to Brethren 
House didn't join us but they heard the music as 
they were conttouing their leamtog tasks. I must 
try that more often. 


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The Brethren Evangelist 

The Old Versus the New 

Hello! Happy 19751 If you're like me, you're just 
now getting back into the old grind after the 
hustle and bustle of the Holiday season. 

As I tried to think of a fitting subject for the 
new year, my mind went to the last part of the 
Jith chapter of Romans. It concerns the battle 
between the old and the new natures present 
within all of us. Sometimes I feel like I'm a hope- 
less case in God's eyes. I continually sin, even 
when I want to do What is right. It seems Uke 
all I get done is asking God's forgiveness. Some 
times it can get very discouraging. But you know 
something? The great apostle Paul had those 
same feelings! Don't believe rne? Listen to what 
he says in Romans chapter 7 starting with verse 

"I don't understand myself at all, for I really 
want to do what is right, but I can't. I do what I 
don't want to — ^what I hate. I know perfectly weU 
that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad con- 
science proves that I agree with these laws I am 
breaking. But I can't help myself, because I'm 
no longer doing it. It is sin inside me 'that is 
'Stronger than I am that makes me do these evil 

I know I am rotten through and through so 
far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No mat- 
ter which way I turn I can't make myself do right. 
I want to but I can't. When I want to do good, I 
don't; and when I try not to do wrong, I do it 
anyway. Now LE I am doing what I don't want to, 
it is plain where the trouble is: sin still has me 
in it's evil grasp. 

It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to 
do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 
I love to do God's wiU so far as my new nature is 
concerned; but there is something else deep within 
me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my 

by Beth Gilmer 

mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to 
the sin that is stiU vidthin me. In my mind I want 
to be God's willing servant but instead I fiadf 
myself still enslaved to sin. 

So you see how it is: my new life tells me to 
do right, but the old nature that is still inside me 
loves to sin. Oh, What a terrible predicament I'mi 
in! Who will free me from my slavery to this 
deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has beeni 
done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set men 
free." (Living Bible) 

Hey! I don't know about you, but I sure am glad* 
that last sentence is in there. If it wasn't, there< 
would be no hope. As Paul goes on in Romans: 
chapter 8 he explains what he means in that last; 
sentence of chapter 7. God gives us power throughl 
the Holy Spirit to win the battle over our old evili 
nature. By ourselves, we can do nothing to combat: 
our sinful nature. It controls us. But when we 
turn ourselves over to the Holy Spirit's control, 
he fights the battle for us . . . and wins! Then 
Paul says (chapter 8,, verse 9) "So, dear brothers, 
you have no obligations whatever to your sinfuli 
nature to do what it begs you to do." With the 
Holy Spirit in control, the new nature reigns. And* 
you know what? When the new nature reigns,- 
there is no more war. And when there is no morei 
war, there is peace. 

Have you ever felt like there was a battle goingl 
on inside you? The good part of you against the 
bad part of you? It doesn't feel very good, does* 
it? In fact, it's downright miserable. What better 
way is there to start the New Year than by letting, 
your new nature reign supreme? In other words,- 
turning yourself completely over to the Holy: 
Spirit's control. Result: inner peace and happiness.- 
You can't lose! Think about it — and have a Happy 
New Year. 

January 35, 1975 

Page Nine 

Girls! I sat down a couple days ago and looked 
up to see what societies had registered last year. 
I was amazed . . . and then worried. Why wasn't 
I hearing from all these groups this year? 

As of January 6, 1975, I have received regis- 
trations fro'm the following churches: 

Warsaw, Jr. & Sr. 
New Lebanon, Jr. 

Wayne Heights 
Park St., Sr. 
Vinco, Jr. 

So, why am I worried? 

(1) Last year we received registrations from 
at least 19 more societies than this year. 

(2) We, as National Officers, need to know 
who we are representing and serving. Who are 
you?? Where are you?? 

(3) The Sisterhood board has decided that at 
conference in August, in order to be a Sisterhood 
delegate, you must be registered with me, the 
General Secretary, and have your dues paid. (Un- 
less, of course, you do all of that when you arrive 
at conference.) So registration is important this 

As of January 6, 1975, these are the societies 
who have not registered that did register last 

Loree, comlbined 
Elkhart, Jr. 
VaUey, combined 
Nappanee, Sr. 
Gratis, combined 

Vinco, Sr. 
Berlin, combined 

Mulvane, combined 
Goshen, coimbined 
Johnstown n, 

Mt. Olive, Jr. & Sr. 
Park St., Jr. 
Linwood, Jr. & Sr. 

This list is complete as far as I know. If your 
society is listed, please let me hear from you 
very soon. 

If you are a new patroness this year, you may 
not have been aware that registration of cill mem- 

bers should have been sent in to the National 
General Secretary by October 1. If that is the 
case, even though it is February, it is not too late 
for your group to register. Also, new patronesses: 
If you are at a loss as to how you can get all this 
information, your answer is only 100 away. Send 
a letter to Joan McKinney at 415 Claremont Ave., 
Ashland, Ohio 44805. She can send you a Sister- 
hood manual which lists everything' there is to 
know about Sisterhood. She also has little stickers 
to put in your program booklets that tell such 
information as when registrations, dues, and 
Thank Offerings are supposed to be sent in to 
the National officers and who to send them to. 
Also, the goals and suggested reading books for 
your group are available on stickers. All your 
questions can be answered . . . WRITE JOAN! 

National dues for members were due January 
31, 1975, so if you are reading this and your group 
has not sent in their dues, you missed it! How- 
ever, it is stUl not too late! Just send $1.50 for 
each Sr. member and $1.00 for each Jr. member 
to Cathy Harding, R.R No. 2, Box 240B, Ashland, 
Ohio 44805. 

Thank offering is not due until July 15, so you 
stni have plenty of time to work on that. Thank 
Offering boxes are also available from Joan 
McKinney. With a box around, it isn't so easy to 
forget your penny offering every day. A penny 
a day . . . that doesn't seem like much, but you'll 
be surprised how fast it adds up. 

Girls, I know I've laid a lot on you, and I should 
have done it before now. These things are im- 
portant. If your society is on the delinquent reg- 
istration list, please let me hear from you soon. 
I will also be overjoyed to hear from any new 
societies. Keep active in National Sisterhood! 
Write me: 

Beth Gilmer 

415 Claremont Ave. 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 


Informat-ion needed 

National Sisterhood Registrations 
(I.) Name of church or society 
(2.) Name, address and age of each girl 
(3.) Name and address of patronesses 


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Perhaps the title of this vignette under the 
microscope in WOMEN'S LAB should be "Otir 
Bonnie," for we all claim the young lady as our 
special ambassador and as the object of our loving 

You doubtless recognize that "Our Bonnie" is 
no other than the enterprising lass w^ho is such a 
moving spirit and source of inspiration at Brethren 
House in St. Petersburg, Florida — Bonnie Munson. 

Watching her perform her innumerable services 
to the young people is a magnificent experience. 
She not only teaches sew^ing to eager little girls, 
tout she brings alive the Bible stories to small fry 
and comes up with astonishing ideas for giving 
greater meaning to them. 

She shows them what it means to love one 
another. She helps prepare materials and conduct 
workshops, both at Brethren House and in other 
churches. Together with the Lersches, she is 
compiling materials to aid church school workers 
make Bible teaching more meaningful. 

So resourceful, understanding, and practical is 
she that the Lersches wonder how they ever got 
along without her. She's just "what the doctor 
ordered" for the work at Brethren House. If she 

should be away lor several days, the children let 
it be known in no uncertain terms that they miss 
her and want her to hurry back. 

Having known Bonnie since she was about a 
year old, this writer has observed the unfolding 
of a beautiful spirit in this fine Christian. With 
an A.B. degree from AsMand College and a 
Master's degree from the University of Arizona, 
Bonnie is eminently qualified lor the work she is 
doing. In fact, with her skill and know-how, she 
might easUy command a high salary and prom- 
inent position in some public or private school; 
however, Bonnie prefers to provide her loving 
service in a far less auspicious — ^but more spirit- 
ually rewarding — ministry. 

As most of our readers know, Bonnie is the 
daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Munson of 
Ashland. She has a younger sister, DeboraJi, who 
frequently visits her in Florida and pitches into 
the work with zeal to match that of her sister. 

To make a long story Short, if you want to know 
who Bonnie is, ask the children at Brethren House, 
where she is like a whole set of spark plugs in 
the engine of a Lincoln Continental. SHE IS THE 

January 25, 1975 

Page Eleven 

HOW TO . . . Start to Begin! 

Have you had any GAF (Golden Agers Fellow- 
ship) meetings or activities in your church? Some 
congregations (Brush Valley, Pennsylvania for 
instance) initiated GAF ia their Churches imme- 
diately after the 1974 General Conference and 
others reported they had been invoilved in some 
of the suggested programs and activities even be- 
fore The Benevolent Board developed GAF. These 
groups are to be commended and encouraged to 
continue a developing program among the senior 
citizens of their congregations. 

But what about those who have not attempted 
specific activities for the elderly? GAF is the 
handle that can be used to open the door to new 
horizons for our older members. 

We would Hke to suggest one method of start- 
ing to begin . . . GAF . . . and you may develop 
other procedures: 

1. Hold a Fellowship — Invite all senior citizens 
of your congregation to a fellow^shlp — ipotluck, 
salad and dessert, or light refreshments. You 
might want to honor one or more of the re- 
tirees for significant achievements they have 
made. Plan for time to discuss GAF and dis- 
cover needs the elderly have that could be 
supphed through the program. This first fellow- 
ship could be initiated by an interested 
retiree/s, pastor, or younger person. 

2. Appoint a Committee — Desire for a Golden 
Agers Fellowship should come from within the 
group of retirees although at times they may 
need a helping hand from another person/s 
or group/s in the church. Therefore, a com- 
mittee should (be formed to begin development 
Of the GAF program to meet the specific needs 
of the group which will vary from church to 
church and community to community. 

3. Survey of Interests — Perhaps one of the first 
tasks of the committee should be to discern 
the interests and needs of the senior citizens 
in the church so they can plan meaninigful pro- 
grams and activities. A questionnaire should 
be developed that wUl be simple for retirees 
to record their interests and needs. A sample 
survey is shown here: 

A committee is working on development of special 
programs and activities for our retirees and we 
need your help NOW for future planning. Please 
Sheck the items below that you are interested in 
or need. 

Slide programs 

Table games 


Potluck meals 

Group birthday party 

(contintied on next page) 

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Bible studies 

Holiday dinners; ie: Thanksgiving, 

Ciiristmas, Easter, 4th of July 
Craft projects — crocheting, quilting, 

leatherwork, woodworking, knitting, 

chair-caning, etc. 

Fix-it Shop 

Demonstration programs (flower 

arranging, hobby items, etc.) 
Other , , 


Transportation (for church, shopping, 

doctor, etc.) 

Help wtith yard work 

Meal preparation 

FaJl or spring cleaning help 

,__^ Small maintenance assistance for home 

Someone to read to me 

Assistance in legai matters, filling 

out forms, etc. 
Other , 



You will think of other things to place on the 
survey as it should be tailor-made for your group. 

4. Planning — After the fellowship, appointing of 
a committee and surveying the needs and In- 
terests of retirees in the congregation, the 
committee should make plans for developing 
the GAF program in their church. Planning 
programs to satisfy interests is not difficult 
but meeting needs is more challenging. The 
committee may act as a clearing house to make 
known what types of help are needed. They 
may feel the necessity of another committee 
to handle needs only. The group may be able 
to help each other in some areas but in other 
instances help may have to be sought out from 
other groups in the church who want a service 
project such as WMS, youth groups. Laymen, 
Sunday School classes, etc. Also help may be 
obtained from community or governmental 
programs for the aging. In some cases it may 
be the opportunity of the GAF to develop and 
initiate community programs many of which 
may be funded by the federal government. (See 
p. 3 No. d in the GAF booklet). 

Start to Begin— NOW! 

HOW TO . . . Get the Latest! 

A large segment of the publishing world is con- 
centrating its efforts in the field of geratology, 
retirement, opportunities for senior citizens, geron- 
tology, and problems and needs of the aging. 

Individuals interested in keeping current in 
this field should consider reading the foUowlng: 


Giudice. Publisher: John Knox Press, 1971. 
$3.95, hardback. 
Synopsis — wife's thoughts upon her husiband's 


Otte. Publisher: Retirement Research, 
P.O. Box 107, Appleton, Wisconsin 54911, 
1970. $2.50, paperback. 
Synopsis — ^how to prepare for retirement with 
action ideas, quizzes and responses which 
make it a good book for a study by any- 
one, especially people nearing retirement 
in Sunday School classes or study groups. 


D. Shelby Corlett. Publisher: Warner 
Press, Inc., 1973. $1.50 paperback. 
Synopsis — ideas are presented on how to live 
active and interesting retirement years. 


Colena M. Anderson. Publisher: Zonder- 
van, 1971. $3.95, hardback. 
Synopsis — interesting approach to many prob- 
lems of retirement such as How to Ciet 
Along on a Reduced Budget, How to Ad- 
just to the Loss of a Mate, How to Con- 
tribute to the Lives of Those Around You, 
How to Cope with Bigger Medical Bills 



and others 


R. Curtin. Publisher: Atlantic Monthly* 

Press Book, 1972. $6.95, hardback. 
Synopsis — caustic writing of a young woman J 

w'ho is critical of inany programs for thett 

aging. Some good thoughts and ideas but! 

the language is often salty! ' 

January 25, 1975 

Page Thirteen 

HOW TO . . . Find New Help! 

We would like to acquaint you with a group 
doing signifioant work for mature Americans that 
you may want to participate in if you are not 
already a memlber. 

The American Association of Retired Persons 
(AARP) is the nation's largest nonprofit organ- 
ization for mature Americans. Its one and only 
purpose is to serve all older persons, to help them 
■meet their problems more realistically, more 
economically, more successfully. AARP has more 
than 6% milMon members. 

The Association was organized in 1958 under 
the leadership of Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, its 
founder and first president who had also been 
responsible for the creation of the National Re- 
tired Teachers Association. Inspired by the success 
of NRTA and its many services to its members 
and in answer to a flood of urgent requests from 
througihout the nation. Dr. Andrus led the way in 
estabUshing AARP as a national organization 
open to all mature Americans 55 and over, whether 
retired or not. 

AARP's vast membership makes it possible to 
place within your reach some of the necessities 
and even the comforts and luxuries of life. AARP 
helps stretch the purchasing power of reduced 
income or the limited pension dollar. An ever- 
growing array of services is available to you as 
an AARP member, each one researched and 
gi>ecially designed by leading experts in the field. 
Your memtoership in AARP assures the Associa- 
tion's continuing efforts on your behalf to . . . 
. . . seek ways to better the Uves of persons in 
their middle and later years; to help them 
meet life's demands economically and more 
successfully; to help them retain independ- 
ence, dignity and self-respect ; to help them 
avoid the pitfalls of the later years. 
. . . Promote vital legislation for the mature. 
AARP has played an increasingly meaning- 
ful role in bringing about improvements in 
Medicare and increased Social Security 
. . . obtain group health insurance proigrams for 
older persons adapted to their needs and 
podketbooks — insurance for those who were 
once considered uninsurable. 
Any man or woman 55 or over — whether work- 
ing, semi-retired or retired — can join AARP for 
the small annual membership fee of $2 which 
includes the spouse. 

AARP's colorful bi-monUily magazine MODERN 
MATURITY and the informative monthly News 
Bulletin are sought-atfter reading material because 
they are written for the mature. These publica- 
tions are yours as part of your AARP membership. 
AARP's Home Delivery Pharmacy Service offers 
medicines, prescriptions and supplies, postage 
preipaid, at prices members can afford. Service 
centers are strategically located across 'the United 
States to best serve the membership. 

AARP's more than 1700 local chapters through- 
out the United States work actively to inform 
members of AARP's programs and aims and to 

aid them with answers to their questions and 

AARP's Travel Service offers a choice of 
economy or luxury tours and trips with congenial 

AARP's member discount privileges offer special 
rates at leading hotel and rent-a-car chains. 

AARP's Institute of Lifetime Learning conducts 
classes in regional centers across the United States 
and offers home-study courses. 

AARP's Tax-Aide Program and Consumer In- 
formation Proigram guide the mature individual 
through many financial dilemmas and help to 
prevent costly mistakes. The Consumer Informa- 
tion provides four basic functions for members: 
(1) acts as a clearinghouse for information on 
consumer affairs; (2) conducts consumer educa- 
tion programs; (3) acquaints members with basic 
economic principles, budgeting, price comparison, 
installment purchasing and consumer frauds; (4) 
assists members with consumer complaints or 
inquiries by directing them to the appropriate 

AARP's Retirement Guide publications help 
memlbers learn to cope wdth this new phase of life 
when it occurs. 

AARP's Crime Prevention Program helps mem- 
ibers — and all older citizens — avoid becoming vic- 
tims of crime. AARP sponsors crime prevention 

Page Fourteen 

programs conduoted by trained volunteer leaders, 
with the assistance of local police officials. 

AARP's Group Health Insurance Program was 
expressly designed to work in conjunction with 
Medicare for members over 65 and give members 
under age 65 protection to supplement other pro- 
grams. Included are two Skilled Nursing Facility 
and Home Nursing Care Plans, worthwhile in- 
hospital protection and valuable out-of-hospital 
coverage. Available only to AARP members — ^with 
the opportunity for enrollment guaranteed to all 
members — AARP Group Health Insurance Plans 
provide benefits payable directly to you with no 
restrictions on the use to which you put the pay- 
ments. You receive benefits for eligible sickness or 
hospitalization no matter what other health insur- 
ance you may own — ^Lncluding Medicare. 

AARP's Consulting Service provides renowned 
specialists who serve as consultants to private and 
government groups on pre-retirement and retire- 
ment programs. 

AARP's Senior Community Service Aides Proj- 
ect recruits interested persons 55 and over who 
are unemployed and places them in community, 
public service and private employment where they 
wUl either regain lost skills or be trained in an 
entirely new occupation. 

AARP's Church Programs provide information 
to religious leaders of aU faiths to help them 
assist their clergy and laity to make better prepa- 
ration for retirement and to find greater spiritual 
satisfaction in retirement. 

AARP — Recommended Auto Insurance was de- 
signed by the Association with a progressive in- 
surance company, which also perceived this great 
need for automotoile insurance for mature drivers. 
They created DRIVERPLAN PLUS, a policy with 

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a limited cancellation feature and a guaranteed 
renewable feature which offers a broad range ocE 

AARP — Recommended Mature Temps, Inc. is 
now serving members in a number of major 
metropolitan areas across the country. As an 
AARP member, you may take advantage of this 
new concept that has assisted thousands of mature 
persons to supplement their retirement income. 
This important service is free. As an AARP mem- 
ber, you wiU be personally informed when Mature 
Temps, specialists in temporary employment, 
opens its office in your area. 

AARP's Driver Improvement Program offers 
the Defensive Driving Course with the purpose of 
updating driving habits by giving older persons 
the opportunity to learn the latest defensive driv- 
ing and safety techniques. 

AARP — Recommended Life Insurance is de- 
signed to help provide members with the addi- 
tional life insurance they may need in these times 
of soaring prices and withering assets. This insiur- 
ance may be obtained at a reasonable cost and 
without a physical examination. 

There are more than 1,700 local AARP chapters 
which work for local communities and the aims 
and programs of the national organization. At the 
community level, they give all members 55 years 
of age or over, retired or not, an opportunity to 
meet and know others with similar interests, as 
well as opportunities for leadership and intellectual 
growth. Meetings are generally held during the 
daytime making it easier to become involved. 
Local church groups of GAF could hook into this 
program and become a chapter if they have 25 
members or more. The foUowing application can 
be used to send your memlbership to AARP: 

Please make your check or money order payable to AARP 


National Headquarters: 1909 "K" Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006 

The nation's largest nonprofit organization for Older Americans. 

You are eligible for membership if you are 55 

or over, whether retired or not. 


I tvould like to join the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). 

I am 55 years old or older. 

* / enclose $2 for one year * / enclose $5 for three years 







* For membership outside the United States, the membership dues are 

$8.00 for three years. 
Membership dues of $2.00 includes $1.00 for subscription to MODERN 
MATURITY and $.50 for subscription to the AARP NEWS BULLETIN. 
To enjoy AARP benefits and services, only the husband or wife needs to 
be a dues-paying member of the Association. 

If your GAF group is interested in becoming an AARP chapter with its bene- 
fits, just write to the national headquarters listed on the application blank and re- 
quest information on becoming a local chapter of the Association. 

January 25, 1975 

Page Fifteen 


Elder Thobum C. Lyon, 78, of Woodstock, Vir- 
ginia died Tuesday morning, December 17, 1974 in 
the Shenandoah County Memorial Hospital. 

He was born July 3, 1896 in Washington, D.C. 
the son of Pastor WiEiam M. Lyon and Fannie 
S. Lyon who was the daughter of Elder Ephraim 
Stoner of Union Bridge, Maryland. 

On October 16, 1916 he married LiUie M. Riten- 
our, a member of the Washinigton, D.C. church. 
Albout 1917, while his father was 'pastor of the 
Washington Church, he was "called" to the Breth- 
ren ministry. In 1920 he became associate pastor 
with his father of the Washington Church and 
was formally ordained by his father and Dr. Louis 
S. Bauman about mid-1923, and in October of that 
year assumed the pastorate of the Fairview 
Brethren Ohuroh which was located near Wash- 
ington Courthouse, Ohio. 

In 1925 circumstances dictated a change of cli- 
mate and a brief period of time was spent in 
Florida and later in 1925 a return to Washington, 
DjC. to accept a position with the United States 

He served as supply Pastor for a summer at 
the St. James, Maryland Brethren Churoh. While 

serving for the government he was chief of the 
Aeronautical Chart Branch of the U.S. Coast 
and Geodotic Survey. 

He was the author of "PRACTICAL AIR 
NAVIGATION." Along with many of his articles 
Which have appeared in various issues of THE 
IN THE SKY" published by Moody Press still 
bears testimony "that in many ways the stars are 
outstanding symbols of God — a faithful witness 
in the sky to the timeless beauty and matchless 
love, dominion, and power of God." 

Surviving are his wife, LalUe; a son, Kenneth 
W. Lyon of SUver Spring, Maryland; a daughter, 
Margaret L. Fox of Alliance, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. 
Meredith L. Porte of Tacoma Park, Maryland; a 
brother, Quinter M. Lyon of California; four 
granddhildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Robert 
KepUnger, pastor of the Washington D.C. Brethren 
Church and Rev. P. Kent Bennett, pastor of the 
Brethren Church in Maurertown, Virginia. Inter- 
ment was in the Maurertown Brethren Church 

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The wedding of Paula Elizabeth Tinkel to Daniel 
LesUe Gray was on December 28, 1974 in The 
Meadow Crest Brethren Ohurch. Paula is the 
daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Paul Tinkel; Grand- 
daughter of Rev. Arthur H. Tinkel of Wabash. 
Paula is a memiber of The Meadow Crest Brethren 
Church. She received her B.S. degree in Elemen- 
tary Education from Ashland College on December 
18. 1974. Dan is a member of The Bryan First 
Brethren Church, a Senior at Fort Wayne Bible 
College, a Licensed Minister in the Indiana Dis- 
trict of Brethren Churches, and is the Minister to 
Youth at Meadow Crest Brethren Church. 

They will be living at 10310 Gold Meadow Drive, 
Fort Wayne. The Bride's father and grandfather 
were in charge of the wedding. 


Miss Jill Mae Price and Roy Lynn Sipe were 
united in marriage, October 26, 1974, at the Vinco 
Brethren Church. Rev. C. William Cole performed 
the double ring candlelight ceremony. 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph 
Price; the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Roy E. Sipe, Jo^hnstown, Pennsylvania. 

JiH is a member of the Vinco Brethren Church. 


Julie Godwin, a member of the Papago Park 
Brethren Ohuroh and David Craft, a member of 
the Tucson Brethren Church, were united in 
marriage by Rev. W. Clayton Berkshire on Decern- ; 
ber 14, 1974. The ceremony took place in the sane- " 
tuary of the Papago Park Brethren Church, 
Tempe, Arizona. < 

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The First Brethren Ohurch of Tucson, Arizona, 
was the setting November 28 for the marriage 
of Patricia Joan Yarian and the Rev. Floyd Duaine 
Ash. Maid of honor was the bride's twin sister 
Sandra. Best man was Dick Cronican. 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earlj 
R. Yarian of 4464 N. Romero Rd. Rev. Ash is the^ 
son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd O. Ash of Sacramento, -j 
California. Rev. StogsdUl officiated at the wedding. ! 

The newlyweds are at home in Sacramento. l 


A daughter, Holly Jayne, bom December 26,'^j 
1974 to Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Harma. The Hannas 
are serving the Main Street Brethren Ohurch,! 
Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. 


Mr. and Mrs. William Pottenger quietly cele- 
brated their 63rd wedding anniversary on Decem- 
ber 13, 1974. They are members of the North 
Manchester, Indiana Church. 


New Paris, Indiana — 4 by letter, 2 by baprtism 
Burlington, Indiana — 3 by baptism 
Sarasota, Florida — 3 by baptism 
Mexico, Indiana — 3 by baptism 
Elkhart, Indiana — 20 by baptism 
6 by letter 

January 35, 1975 

Page Seventeen 



Rqss Earl Holden, 67, passed away December 
15, 1974. Surviving are his wife VioJet; daughter 
Sharon of Kendall vWle, Indiana; three sons, Rich- 
ard and Herbert of Fort Wayne and Merle of 
Nappanee. Mr. Holden was a Charter member of 
the iMeadow Crest Brethren Church. 

Service held at The Meadow Crest Brethren 
Church on Thursday, December 19, 1974, by Pastor 
Paul D. Tinkel. 

* * * 


Miss Cheryl A. Ocker, 14, died December 11, 
1974. She was a memlber of the First Brethren 
Church of OakviHe, Indiana. Cheryl had fought 
her illness for many years and never wavered in 
her faith in our Lord. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. 
Francis Ocker, and her brothers and sisters are 
saddened by their loss but rejoice at her gain. 
Services were conducted by Pastor J. L. Fields. 




This was the title oi a report appearing in the 
Brethren EvangeUst early in the fall. And, as 
we take inventory of the work at the close of 1974 
we are praising the Lord that we can stiU report 
steady growth! The Lord has blessed us tremen- 
dously in so many ways! 

The FAMILY-AJMONTH program is stiLL work- 
ing. In 16 months it has only failed to produce a 
famUy each month once (August) ! The Lord oon- 
tiniues to answer our prayers for open doors and 
open hearts. He has provided our needs in so 
m:any special ways throughout the year. To illus- 
trate: We began a Children's Church prOigram the 
first Sunday in October. Our Church pianist vol- 
unteered to direct Children's Church 11. That left 
us without a dhurdh pianist. The same week I 
Visited in the home of one of our new "Family-a- 
Month" families and inquired conceminig their 
interests regarding involvement in the program at 
the church. Mrs. B said "I play the piano and would 
be interested in doing so, if there was a need." I 
replied: "We have a need right now — next 'Sunday! 
Will you play the piano for our worship servdces?" 
And she was delighted to do so! (It turns out that 
this lady was a music major in college!) P.T.L! 
This has happened repeatedly for us throughout 
the year . . . teachers, workers, w^hatever. When 
we have had a need, we have laid it before the 

Lord, and He has marvelously answered our 
prayers and honored our trust in Him! 

The congregation moved out in faith this past 
June and set some goals for the Sunday School 
and Church (see the previous report). We have 
realized, or nearly so, every one of the goals for 
1974! Our membership Goals was 60 and we ended 
the year with 64 imembers — a 50%increase for the 

Our average attendances Show even great 

4th Quarter 4th Quarter % of 




Sunday School 34 



Worship Hour 39 



Evening Program 35 



Mid-week Program 19 



Our high attendance for Sunday morning was 100 
on Christmas Sunday! We filled the church one 
Sunday evening (wall-to-wall people) wdth 205 in 
attendance to view "A Thief In The Night." 

New families continually are coming to worship 
with us. The first Sunday of the new year 2 new 
families were in the service and one indicated on 
the Visitor's card that they were interested in 
uniting "with the church! 

We now have 3 youth groups meeting on Sun- 
day evening. A Children's Choir was started in 
Novemiber by Mrs. Solomon and an Adult Choir 
is toeing organized to begin in this new year. Our 
Wednesday evening program is geared for the 
entire family with something for every ages, in- 
cluding a nursery for the Uttle ones. We are con- 
vinced that we must plan programs for the 
whole family if we expect to have any part of the 
family present. 

We have growing pains — always looking for 
more class room space and etc. But we praise 
the Lord for this and trust that He -will meet these 
needs for us when the time comes as He has every 
other need. 

George W. Sokmion, pastor 

Page Eighteen 


This month the Sarasota First Brethren Church 
beg'ins its ninth year on Radio Station W.Q.S.A. 
(1220 AM), which was formerly Station W.S.A.F., 
from Sarasota, Florida (Sundays at 8 a.m.) This 
month we are also beginning a new broadcast over 
W.H.L.T. (AM 1300— FM 103.1) out of Huntington 
and Columbia City, Indiana. This program will be 
heard Sunday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. following 
the BilJy Graham "Hour of Decision." The "Breth- 
ren Hour" is also heard every Saturday at 11 a.m. 
on the West Coast of Florida out of Largo on 
W.S.S.T. (800 AM), and from Sarasota's newest 
Christian Station W.K.Z.M. (105.5 FM) at 8 a.m. 
on Sundays. The "Brethren Hour" was the first 
Christian program to be heard on Sarasota's 
W.Q.S.R., a 100,000 watt FM Radio Station; and 
was also heard for eight months on W.X.L.T. 
(T.V.) Channel 40 in Sarasota. 

During these past eight years John Hamel has 
been the chief engineer of the "Brethren Hour" 
and has also helped to build stations W.K.Z.M. 
and W.Q.S.R. in Sarasota. Our pastor. Dr. J. D. 
Hamel, is also a member of the National Religious 
Broadcasters of America. 

The Brethren Evangelist 


For 8 months our Sunday School had been 
struggling along with an average of 8 students in 
the Primary Department. In August my wife and 
I attended a Learning Center Seminar conducted 
by Phil Lersch and Bonnie Munson from St. 
Petersburg, Fl. and went away excited to try it 
in our church. After taHcing more on the idea of 
how to begin with Mary Ellen Drushal, we started 
our own Learning Center called "The Second Com- 
ing of Jesus." Within a matter of 2-3 weeks our 
Sunday School attendance began to climb. Our 
average attendance doubled. Those attending be- 
gan to invite their friends, many of whom have 
remained faithful since the close of the Learning 
Center for the fall quarter. The Learning Center 
gave new strength to our Sunday School, the re- 
sults being felt even into the adult classes. AU 
of this was made possible through the devoted 
effort of our teachers, Pat Andress, Nancy Coff-, 
man, and Bonnie Gibson. 

Garber Brethren Church 
Pastor, Ralph Gibson 


Several months ago there appeared in the 
"Brethren Evangelist" an account of the Bible 
tree which was "growing" in the sanctuary of the 
Wayne Heights Brethren Church. The members 
of the congregation had entered into a Bible read- 
ing program which involved the reading of a book 
of the Old Testament each week. Then during the 
Sunday evening services the pastor brought a 
message on the book of the week. As a book was 
completed by any member of the congregation a 
colored leaf was placed on the tree which stood 
at the front of the sanctuary. Many folks engaged 
in the Bible reading program, and when the final 
book was read and the final message preached, 
there were approximately 1400 leaves on the tree! 

On Sunday evening, December 29th, a recogni- 
tion service was held for those who had completed 
the reading of the Old Testament during this 
program of systematic reading. The pastor pre- 
sented to each of these Brethren a large, illus- 
trated study copy of the New Testament. Thu'teen 
men and women were honored for this accom- 
plishment — and a number of others, while not 
completing the entire Old Testament, did read 
large portions of it. Special mention should be 
made of one of those who completed this reading 
program — Sister Delia LaughUn. Sister Laughlin, 
who is now confined to her home, was ninety-five 
years old when she participated in this Bible-read- 
ing project! 

Those who completed the reading, and who were 
present on December 29th to receive their awards 
were: Irene Beckner, Lena Hammond, Mary 
Laughlin, John Schlegel, Charles Gift, Rennert 

Stevens, Elizabeth Sachs and Fred Hammond..' 
Shown in the picture are Sisters Delia Laughlinii 
(seated) and Vera Laughlin — both Oif whom com-| 
pleted the reading of the Old Testament. Other^ 
who finished this reading program, but who were! 
not able to be present for the presentation ofif 
awards were: Delores Kline, Blmeda Kitzmiller^ 
and Jean Moats. j 

Plans are now underway to engage in a similar^ 
reading and preaching program for the Newi 
Testament later on in 1975. 

January 25, 1975 

Pa^e Nineteen 


Serv^nq Th)-ouqh Sew'mc^ " 

It has been over 6 months since this "new 
book" was first distributed at the 1974 General 

Every church received at least two copies — either 
at Conference or by mail. (If you have not seen 
or heard of it yet — ask around, check into it, 

The World Relief Board provided the booklet, 
however it contains more than just sewing facts 
about "World ReUef." Included under one cover 


The purpose is to 

(1) List the articles needed by each group, 

(2) Give suggestions on how to make them, 

(3) and TeU where to send them when 

The information given is the latest available, for 
we contacted each of the agencies in recent 
months. It supercedes what may have been printed 
or said in the past. In other words, to the best 
of our knowledge, you may rely on what is jninted 
there. Please read it carefully! 

If you have found that 2 copies are not enough 
for your church, we vwU be glad to supply addi- 

tional booklets. We are anxious that they be in 
use, for they serve no purpose just sitting here 
in our box. 

Conversations in the SEWING ROOM at last 
year's General Conference confirmed that many, 
many sewing projects are being completed in vari- 
ous groups across the country. It is encouraging 
to know that so many of our Brethren women 
are serving our Lord through their sewing. A part 
of the purpose of the booklet is to clarify the needs 
that exist and promote further involvement. 


*How has the booklet helped? 
*What is yet needed by way of information? 
*What have you done with what you 
have made? 
OTHERS. We thank you! 



Pastor Phil Lersch, Chairman 

6301 56th Avenue, N. 

St. Petersiburg, FL 33709 


Aside from that of parerathood 

I know no thrill at all 
What can compare with joyous hours 

When our grandchildren call. 

No matter what our problems lare, 

They seem to fade away. 
It's like a ray of sunshine when 

Our sky is dark and gray. 

Now, parenthood is wonderful, 

And, this, no one denies, 
But grandparenthood is next to it. 

What blessings it supplies! 

Norman McPherson 

Page Twenty 

The Brethren Evangelist 

World Religious News 

in Review 


KANSAS CITY (EP)— Enrollment dn Sunday 
schools of the Ohurch of the Nazarene this year 
has been more than twice the total of the denom- 
ination's worldwide membership. 

Moreover, the differential alone is higher than 
the total Nazarene membership. 

There have been 1,175,212 pupils enrolled in 
Nazarene Sunday schools in 1974. This compares 
with a world Nazarene membership of 566,904 this 
year. The difference in the figures — 608,308 — is 
itself greater than the denomination's membership. 


DENVER (EP)— Sunday schools that take a 
Bible-centered approach to Christian education 
flourish today, according to the immediate past 
president of the National Association of Pro- 
fessors of Qhristian Education (NAPCE). 

Dr. Ron Chadwick, professor at Grand Rapdds 
(Mich.) Baptist Seminary, was interviewed here 
during the group's meeting, which was held con- 
currently with meetings of the National Assocda- 
tion of Directors of Christian Education and 
Executive Secretaries of Christian Education. 

In Dr. Chadwick's view, this growth is due to 
a Bible-centered approach. "When the Word of 
(Jod is the foundation upon which we build," he 
said, "then there is validity, a meaningfulness to 
the experience. We have seen the results. The 
academic approach of the liberal churches has not 
always been the answer." 


NEW YORK (EP)— Despite predictions of 
doom and plummeting attendance, the church 
today may be entering a new age of "tremendous 
growth," according to Dr. Robert Schulleir, noted 
TV pastor and author. 

"I am very optimistic albout the future of the 
church," he said in an interview here with Tammy 
Tanaka of Religious News Service. 

Dr. Schuller said the phenomenal success of his 
20-year-old miinistry at Garden Grove Community 
Church in California Is visible proof that any 
church can grow with the right "success formula." 

He said the "church has had a tendency to place 
the blame for the non-growth on the sins of the 
society around them. The truth is, we have not 
been growing because we have not been offering 
what the world needs." 


SANTA MONICA (EP)— The Nichlren Shoshu 
Buddhist sect reports that its U.S. membership 
has grown at least 19 per cent in a year. 

Nichiren Shoshu, the U.S. mission of Sokagakkaii 
In Japan, is most widely known for its chant, 
"Nam-myoho-renge-kyo," Which leaders say leads 
to happiness and success. 


AUSTIN, Tex. (EP) — The nation's most prom-i 
inent atheist says sihe isn't happy because church^ 
membership is down and the church's "influencei 
much less than it used to be and their control 
over poUtics becoming less bnpoirtant. . . ." 

The reason Mrs. Madalyn Murray O'Hair isn't' 
counting her blessings, she told Jim Gallagher oif^i 
Knight Newspapers, is that 'history indicates thati 
"When the church is In trouble it makes the mos^ 

Today's demands, she said, indude aid to pan>o 
chial schools and the outlawing of abortion and 
birth control. 

"Churches have captured all the symbols — 
they're getting all 'the money," she said. "Everyj 
time a person is in a crisis, he's put in the hands 
of the churches — ^hospitals, nursing homes, ele-: 
mentary schools, foster care, detention facOities. 
What does a priest or minister know about thesai 

In her latest book, Freedom Under Siege, Mrs, 
O'Hair accuses contemporary religions of being) 
morally and ethically bankrupt and denies they) 
have a right to 'be the arbiters of morality." She:( 
said Americans need to "hammer out some decent 
ethics and morality for our times, divorced fromr 
the idea of primitive tribes wandering in the des- 
ert 4,000 years ago." 


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (EP)— Author Mali 
Lindsey's books on biblical prophecy are stUll 
among the top sellers for the Zondervan Cor-r 
poration. '■ 

The Liberation of Planet Earth is at the leaifi 
among trade books and The Late Great Planeti 
Earth is tops among mass-market paperlmcks anw 
also second in the trade books. { 

Llndsey has organized Harvest House in Irvinet^i 
CaUf., to publish books whose profits go into the< 
C3iristian Associates non-profit organization. 

January 25, 1975 

Page Twenty-one 


EASTON, Mass. (EP)— The issues of the "living 
Will" and "dying with dignity" have gained more 
attention than all other aspects of the rights of 
terminal patients, a symposium was told here at 
Stonehill College. 

In determining the medical treatment for the 
terminally-ill person, "we have to ask what should 
be done in the best interest of the patient," said 
Dr. Edwin H. Cassem, a Jesuit priest and a Har- 
vard Medical School psychiatrist. "That doesn't 
mean you use the heart-lung maohine just because 
it's there." 

"I vidsh that God would tap me on the shoulder 
and tell me what he wants," Dr. Cassem told the 
300 persons attending the symposium on the rights 
of ithe terminal patient. But he unfortunately gave 
us the terrifying responsibility to make the de- 
cision and With the moral conscience he gave me, 
the sick person and I have to decide how we can 
ibest use technology." 


NEW YORK (BP)— In a world filled with rising 
economic uncertainty, hunger, hate and war, what 
is the justification of heralding the birth of Jesus, 
the Prince of Peace? What are the hopes and 
challenges of Christmas 1974? 

Religious leaders in their Christmas messages 
note that it is precisely the low moral tone and 
despair of the world at this hour that makes the 
hope and joy brought to earth by Jesus Christ 
more meaningful today than ever before. 


TEL AVIV (EP) — Tablets unearthed in the 
summer of 1974 by Southern Baptist-sponsored 
archaeologists may shed light on the history of 
Israel more than 3,000 years ago. 

Excavating for the third season at Tel Aphek- 
Antipatnis necU? here, a 150-memiber international 
work force uncovered two rare fragmentary clay 

They also uncovered a stone-built tomb of the 
Late Bronze Age (circa 13th century B.C.), whole 
vessels of pottery dating to the IsraeUte Monarchy 
(11th- 10th century B.C.), and a Canaan! te public 


BLACKWELL, Tex. (EP)— "Grady Wilson Day" 
drew some 2,000 persons to a huge tent at West 
Texas Ranch for Christ near here Nov. 24 to 
honor the evangelisit who is a long-time friend 
and professdonal colleague of BMy Graham. 

On the previous day, a private observance of 
"Grady Wilson Day" was held on the same site 
for some 250 friends and associates. 

In addition to the honoree. Who said he was 
'absoluetely flabbergasted," other famed Chris- 
tians participating in the events included Mr. 
Graham and singer Ethel Waters. 


SANTIAGO, Chile (EP) — Dr. Norman E. 
Borlaug, winner of the 1971 Nobel Peace Prize 
for his work in agriculture, said here that the 
world hunger crisis is so acute that without mass- 
ive aid millions will die in the coming year. 

He also charged that the recent World Food 
Conference in Rome was "just talk" and "nothing 
tangible was done" to forestall the pending star- 
vation of the masses in such countries as India 
and Bangladesh. 

Dr. Borlaug, Widely known as the "father of the 
Green Revolution," was in Chile to offer advice 
on methods of improving wheat yields. His work 
in developing strains of high yield wheat won 
him the Nobel Prize. 

Calling the ciorrent fo-^d crisis the worst since 
World War II, Dr. Borlaug predicted that the 
deaiths in densely populated countries such as 
India are going to make the fatalities from star- 
vation caused by drought in the Sahara lands, in 
comparison, look like very small numbers. 


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (EP)— After twice being 
victimized in the past, Mrs. I^ouise H. Norton, 70, 
shook her finger at an armed robber and de- 
clared, "I am going to church and you are going 
to Hell!" 

The lady turned and walked toward the sanc- 
tuary nearby, fuUy expecting to be shot. But she 
told police later the young man of about 25 who 
had brandished a pistol and demanded i>er purse 
ran away. 


STOCKHOLM (EP)— Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn 
delivered here a four^hour discourse about life 
in the Soviet Union and called for a moral and 
religious revolution throughout the world. 

"For the East, but also for the West, there is 
no salvation except moral and religious awaken- 
ing," the exiled Russian Nobel Prize winning 
author told newsanen after he obtained rights to 
the Nobel award granted him in 1970. 

Because of What he called the world's "psycho- 
logical" problems, Solzhenitsyn, 56„ said a moral 
revolution is necessary, but he refused to say 
whether he believes in orthodox theological prin- 
ciples and teaching. 

"I believe the most promising is the moral 
revolution that I have mentioned," he said. "The 
method of physical revolutions should stop 
througihout the world, because never have prob- 
lems been solved by this method. 

"As to my country . . . how can they defend 
the present pseudo-socialism in recent years when 
too much has come out about Lenin. Another 
tendency is emerging. First Stalin was the scape- 
goat, now they bury Lenin and resort to Marx." 

Page Twenty-two 


LOS ANGELES (EP) ^Organizers of the Billy 
Graham 25th Anniversary Celebration recently 
held at the Hollywood Bowl have presented $25,000 
to an African famine relief project. It was at Billy 
Graham's suggestion that the committee ear- 
marked part of the Celebration income for this 

In addition to the famine funds, Edward L. 
Johnson, treasurer for the commibtee, announced 
that the budget of $122,681 for the three-day 
September event was met through offerings and 
mail appeals. 

Co-sponsors of the event were the Washington, 
D.C.-based evangelical magazine Christianity To- 
day, and a commiittee of area laymen and clergy 
men under the ahairmanship of Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie, 
minister of Hollywood First Presbyterian Church 
and committee chairman. 


BETHESDA, Md. (EPj-^Hunger and famine 
are "more explosive than all atomic weaponry 
possessed by the big powers," Sen. Mark O. 
Hatfield (R.-Ore.) told the congregation at Fourth 
Presbyterian Church here. 

In a sermon titled "World Hunger and Christian 
Responsibility," the conservative Baptist layman 
isaid "we hear so much about the threat to our 
national security, and we measure that threat by 
comparing the number of war planes, bO'mbs and 
warships to other great powers." 

But the senator added: "Hunger and famine will 
do more to de-stabilize this world; it's more ex- 
plosive than all atomic weaponry possessed by the 
ibig powers. Desperate people do desperate things; 
and remember that nuclear fission Is now in the 
hands of even the developdng countries," in many 
of which, he said, hunger and famine is most 

The senator is a member of both the Agriculture 
and the Foreign Operations subcommittees of the 
Senate Appropriations Committee where foreign 
aid and Food for Peace programs are funded. 


LANCASTER, Ohio (EP)— Big Bear Stores, Inc., 
has a policy of no solicitation among customers, 
so the manager here phoned police when he caught 
young people from Calvary Baptist Church dis- 
tnibuting gospel Uterature on the store's property. 

Later, the Baptists noticed that customers of 
the Big Bear were being soUcited at the store's 
checkout counters for purchase of Ohio Lottery 

Baptist Pastor B. C. Jenrilngs is filing suit in 
the Fairfield County Common Pleas Court against 
the store chain. "The charge is "discrimination 
against American citizens and their religion," and 
accepting gambling solicitation in its place. 

The Brethren Evangelist 


NEW YORK (EP) — "It's an enormous thing 
we're taking on, but it's needed for the good of 
the people." 

Thus the Rev. Dr. Everett C. Parker described 
his crusade to stop TV from twisting values out 
of any relation to reality. 

"This is especially true for our children whose 
views are being distorted," Dr. Parker said. 

At 61, the director of the Office of Communica- 
tions of the United Church of Christ is heading 
a series of projects which will reach the net- 
works through local stations wiith the aid of the 
Federal Communications Commission and broad- 
cast experts. He will also have the support of 
civic groups, churches and service clubs. 



DETROIT (EP)— It's official— the record attend- i 
ance at the fall Mid America Sunday School Con-^, 
vention here drew 58,000 people. J 

date Raymond, executive director, said the'' 
figure establishes a new world record for an inter- ' 
denominational Sunday school convention. 

Delegates from all 50 states, plus three foreign i 
countries and Canada, participated. 

Raymond also announced that a new advisory 
board representing major conservative publish- 
ing houses, plus leaders from all conservative 
denominations, has been organized to assist 
MASSA which has now opened offices in Canada i 
under the name "Intemational Christian Educa^ 
tion Association." 


NEW YORK (EP)— More than 2,500 guests and! 
members of The Salvation Army of New York 
paid tribute to comedian Bo>b Hope who received 
the agency's 1974 Citation of Merit for "the wonder 
and joy of his good humor. . . ." 

"Ladies and gentlemen, you know I'm really 
grateful for this handout from The Salvation 
Army," the famous comedian said in his response 
at the association's annual luncheon meeting here. 
"There must be a lot of worthy recipients far 
more deserving of this award — ^but I can't think 
of one!" 

"You're a great part of America's heart," he 
said. "Let's pray that the only army left in the 
world is this one: The Salvation Army." 

Names in the News 

Vaclovas Sivrukas, 34, former Marxism and 
Leninism professor in Lithuania, has been fasting 
in New York because "so many people are being 
arrested for their religious beliefs and the world 
must be made aware of it." Sivrukas is still an 

Gladys Shelley, composer and poet, has received 
the Layman's National Bible Committee award 
for her papular new song, "If You Don't Know 
Your Bible (You Haven't (3ot a Prayer)." 

January 25, 1975 

Page Twenty-three 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— Roman Catholics 
will form the largesit religious group in the 94th 
Congress. The total was pushed to 123 — an all- 
time high in the November elections. 

Methodists continue to be most numerous in 
the Senate with 17 members, and have an aggre- 
gate of 85 in both houses. 

Jews scored the largest percentage increase this 
year. They will number 24 in 1975, 10 more than 
in the 93rd Congress. 

Christianity Today prepared the 1974 tabula- 
tion of religious affiliations in Congress. The list 
is a biennial project of the magazine published 

Immediately after the election, C.T. researcher 
Deborah MiUer, with the assistance of several 
other staffers, made hundreds of telephone caUs 
tracking down winners and asking them their 
religious affiliation. In many cases, campaign lead- 
ers and press spokesmen did not know. The wife 
pf a Florida winner huffed that she would check 
jut the magazine with the Better Business Bureau 
before revealing her husband's religious affUiation. 

In several insitances the winning candidate 
seemed to need more time or a conference with 
athers before being able to state his affiliation. 

"In most cases," Christianity Today News Editor 
Ed Plowman noted, "we got good response and 

Catholics in the new Congress total eight more 
than two years ago. Senators increased from 14 
to 15. 

Episcopalians and Presbyterians in both houses 
lumbered 66 each, with 16 senators each, and 
Baptists 57, with nine senators. There are six 
senators among the 24 members of the United 
3hurch of Christ (including CongregationaUsts), 
four senatorB each from the Unitaricins and Latter- 
iay Saints and three among the Jewish mem- 

Seventeen senators and representatives identify 
liemselves as "Protestant" without specifying 
ienomination, and six have no religious affiliation. 

The Christianity Today tabulation covers 100 
senators, 435 representatives and the one non- 
/oting delegate from the District of Columbia. 

The district delegate, the Rev. Walter Fauntroy, 
I Baptist, is one of five known clergymen in the 
opcamLng Congress. New in 1975 will be Father 
Robert J. Cornell (D-Wisc.), a Catholic Norbertlne 
jriest, and the Rev. Robert W. Edgiar (D-Pa.), a 
iJnited Methodist. 

Returning clergy members are Father Robert 
T. Drinan, S.J. (D-Mass.), the Rev. Andrew Young 
CD-Ga.), United Church of Christ and the Rev. 
Folin Budhanan (R-Ala.), Southern Baptist. 

The Rev. WiUiam H. Hudnut (R-Ind.), a United 
Presbyterian, lost his bid for a second term in 
iie House. 

The new Congress wiU contain 14 Lutherans, 
L3 Unitarians, 10 Latterday Saints, five Disciples 
)f Christ, four members of independent Churches 

of Christ, four Eastern Orthodox, four Christian 
Scientists and 13 persons of other reUgious groups. 

1975 Religious Affiliations of Governors 

Fourteen governors' mansions will be occupied 
by Roman CathoUcs in 1975 and eight each by 
Methodist and Presbyterians. 

In 1973 there were 12 Catholic governors. Both 
Methodist and Presbyterian governors also in- 
creased by two in the 1974 election. 

Six New Roman Catholic governors were elected 
in November; a seventh Catholic name since the 
last list was made is Gov. Brendon Byrne of New 
Jersey, elected last year. The other seven Catholic 
governors continue in office. 

All CathoUc governors-elect except one are 
Democrats. Governor-elect James B. Longley of 
Maine is an Independent. 

Four Presbyterian governors are Democrats; 
four Republicans. Of the Methodists, five are 
Democrats and three Republicans. (Jay S. Ham- 
mond, a Methodist, is the apparent Republican 
winner in Alaska. His opponent, incumbent Gov. 
WiUiam A. Egan, is Catholic.) 

Following the Methodists and Presbyterians in 
terms of the most governors is the United Church 
of Christ with four. There wiU be three governors 
each from Lutheran, Baptist an^d Episcopal Church- 
es after January swearing-in. 

Of the 50 governors, only one, Bob Straub, 
newly-elected Democrat in Oregon, lists no relig- 
ious affiliation, according to the Christianity 
Today survey. 


DEKALB, lU. (EP)— A pilot project to improve 
the education of journalists involved in the inter- 
pretation of religious news is being established 
at Northern Illinois University. 

Financed by a grant from the Religious Public 
Relations CouncU, the project is designed to serve 
as a model for schools and departments of jour- 
nalism throughout the country. 

While engaged in study toward a master's de- 
gree in journalism at N.I.U., students participating 
in the project wEl be able to tailor their programs 
to the special competence needed for careers in 
the reporting of religion news and its interpre- 
tation, religious public relations, or religious 


JACKSON, Miss. (EP)— The Mississippi Billy 
Graham Evangelistic Crusade will be held here 
May 9-18, 1975 in the Mississippi Memorial 

With James E. Cair serving as chairman of an 
eight-man administrative committee, a 28-member 
steering committee is made up of various members 
of Christian groups in the Jackson area. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 



WHEATON, ni.— Seven state-wide groups of 
evangelicals from a wide variety of denominational 
affiliation have scheduled their annual conventions 
in early 1975, according to Rev. Edward J. Hales, 
NAE director of field services. 

"The opportunity for evangelical cooperative 
action has never been greater," he said. "And 
one of the primary roles of our state associations 
is to encourage Christians to work together at the 
local level in projects of community witness and 
service in a day when more people than ever be- 
fore are open to the good news of Jesus Christ." 
State association conventions, designed for prac- 
tical input for pastors and lay leaders are sched- 
uled as follows: 

Arizona Association of Evangelicals, February 
7-8, Ohurch of the Redeemer, Mesa. Speakers: 
Dr. Billy A. Melvln, Dr. Vergil Gerber. 
Ohio Association of Evangelicals, February 14- 
15, Redeemer United Brethren Church, Colum- 
bus. Speakers: Dr. Everett S. Graff am, Dr. 
BUly A. Melvin. 

Kansas Association of Evangelicals, February 
37, Northridge Friends Church, Wichita. 
Speakers: Dr. BUly A. Melvin, Rev. Don 

Nebraska Association of Evangelicals, Febr- 
uary 27-28, Evangelical Free Church, Lincoln. 
Speakers: Dr. Vernon Grounds, Dr. BiUy A. 

Northern Callfomia Association of Evangel- 
icals, March 10-11, Redwood Chapel, Castro 
Valley. Speakers: Rev. Peter Unruh, Dr. C. 
Peter Wagner. 


WHEATON, lU.— Mr. Waldron Scott of Colorado 
Springs, Colo, has been appointed Intemational 
Administrator of the World Evangelical FeUow- 
sJiip, announced Dr. Hudson T. Armerding, WEF 
President. Scott has been serving The Navigators 
as Intemational Field Director and Assistant to 
the President for Intemational Affairs. 

During 1975 Dr. Clyde W. Taylor, the retiring 

Intemational Secretary, will travel with Mr. Scott f 
to visit the 25 national member bodies of the WEF 
and regional organizations anticipating affiliation. 
Scott win also be the WEF liaison with the lead- 
ership of the WEF intemational commissions and I 
will maintain close communication with the Con- 
tinuation Committee of the Lausanne Congress. 



WHEATON, 111.— The National Association of ( 
Evangelicals has strongly urged television net- 
work executives, the Federal Communications 
Commission and leading advertisers to take pos- 
itive steps to avert permissive trends in TV pro-/- 

"The conditioning effect of television on pre- 
vailing attitudes is the crux of our concern," wrote 
Dr. Paul E. Toms, NAE president and pastor of i 
Boston's Park Street Church, in a December letter r 
to industry leaders. He said that dishonesty, vul-^i' 
garity, sexual misconduct, violence, disrespect and il 
the like are a realistic part of Ufe in these times.l 
"However," he stated, "we are alarmed that more'S 
programing each season tends to glamorize or''i 
excuse such negative and destructive behavior as > 
perfectly normal. At the same time, traditional 
values are often do^wnplayed or even ridiculed. 
In steady doses, by neutralizing those character- 
istics which dignify man and portraying as ac- 
ceptable those which degrade him, such television 
programing contributes to the lowering of moral 
and ethical standards." 

Dr. Toms said that NAE had received some 
7,000 response forms from individuals indicating 
they were "fed up" with TV permissiveness but 
also were convinced that good programing was 
possible. He called for "greater discernment in 
daily decisions," saying that to each television 
writer, producer, network executive and adver- 
tiser is given "a portion of the public trust." 

NAE's appeal concluded, "We strongly urge you , 
to take decisive action toward the self -regulation ' 
of television to avert permissive trends, focus oru 
the positive and truly serve the best interests ani"^ 
welfare of the American public." 

NAE is a voluntary association for cooperativeji 
action and represents Evangehcal churches fromf 
some 60 denoiminational affiliations. 

January 25, 1975 

Page Twenty-five 


A number of Brethren students are anticipating 
graduating from Seminary this June. They are: 
Stephen Abe, Richard Boyd, Earl Crissman, Wes- 
ton Ellis, Ralph Gibson, John Shultz, Dale Stoffer, 
Stephen Swihart, Charles Wiltrout, and Rotert 
Young. These men are all seeking the Lord's will 
in the direction of their ministries. They are open 
as to the leading of the Lord and the service of 
the Church. 

Churches interested in pastors, associate pastors, 
ministers of Christian Education, and youth 
leaders might well consider these quality men. A 
very good procedure is for a committee from the 
church to make an appointment, visit the Sem- 
inary, and interview these men. Upon this basis, 
the church can then invite a selected man to the 
church for "getting acquainted." 

The Seminary would be pleased to work with 
the Church in every way possible for the fulfilling 
of God's will in the lives of these young men and 
the Church. 

Joseph R. Shultz, Vice-President 
Ashland College Seminary 

Theme: "Church Growth" 

Study book: 

The Master Plan Of Evangelism 
by Robert K. Coleman 

This is a study of the Master's work with His 
disciples from the four gospels. 
This book is on the bibhography of Arden Gilmer's 
Laymen AUve training program. 
Cost: textbook — $1.50 study guide — $1.00 avail- 
able from the Brethren Publishing Co. 
Time: Each local church study this book between 
January 12 and March 16. These early dates are 
suggested because Easter falls on March 30, 1975. 

Other books for reference: 
How To Grow A Church — 

Donald McGavran & Win Am 
Hope For Your Church — Harold L. Fickett Jr. 

Watch the Brethren Evangelist for more informa- 
tion and guidelines for local study. 

Eugene Beekley 
Ralph Gibson 
WiUiam Brady 
Alvin Grumbling, ch. 

Page Twenty-six 

The Brethren Evangelist i 

PauB Tournier and Christian Psychology 

Several years ago a friend loaned me a book 
entitled Guilt and Grace. This was an introduction 
to Paul Tournier, who has become one of my favo- 
rite booli friends. Again, God saw to it that I had 
the right book at the right time. A portion of the 
book I have marked on the idea of blaming others 
reads as follows. "It is a universal reaction, as 
old as man, and it involves in particular the dis- 
charging or projection of one's guilt upon someone 
else. It is already described for us in the first 
pages of the Bible in connection with the first act 
of human disobedience. God asked Adam, hiding 
among the trees of the Garden of Eden: Have you 
eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not 
to eat? (Gen. 3:2). You remember Adam's reply? 
He blamed his wife. And Eve, in her turn, said it 
was the serpent's fault. It was the first domestic 
coniUct. And throughout history all married 
couples in conflict have thrown the same accusa- 
tion each at the other: it is not my fault, but yours. 
Each partner discharges his guilt upon the other, 
instead of shouldering it and recognizing his 
proper measure of blame. There are two ways 
always open to both parties; the projection of re- 
sponsibility upon the other, or the conscious ac- 
ceptEuice of his own due responsibility. The first 
way keeps the conflict going endlessly; the sec- 
ond may lead to its genuine resolution. 'The former 
may provide periods of armistice, but the second 
alone can give assured peace." 

Paul Tournier who lives in Switzerland, is 
known and respected around the world. His six- 
teen books are written in eleven languages. He is 
a medical doctor by training, but he has a deep 
interest in psychology and counseling as well as 
theolO'gy. In 1947 he and two other doctors organ- 
ized the first of the annual Bossey Group meet- 
ings, which were held in an old castle at Bossey, 
near Geneva. These doctors, psychologists and 
theologians came from all over Europe. When the 
week of discussion and meditation came to an end 
it was decided that more meetings sihould be held 
in the future. So the annual event became known 
as the International Conference on the Medicine 
of the Person. They are still held in different parts 
of Europe and known as the Bossey Group. Up to 
the time of his retirement he gave lectures for 
the group every morning on medicine and psy- 
chology in light of the Bible. 

by Julia Flordi 

Tournier has an excellent balance in his viewi 
that first must come the conversion of individuals 
and then unity in social action to change the so- 
ciety. I am very impressed by his clear appeal to 
the Bible as the standard for our doctrine and' 
Christian ethics. He recognizes that believers wUll 
have problems in this life as well as joys, doubts 
as well as certainties, questions as well as clear 
answers. He also shows boldness in expressing his^ 
convictions and a sincere love for other people. 

As to techniques or methods for his counseling,; 
he claims to have none. "I just try to help peo- 
ple," he comments, and he calls himself an 
amateur. Instead of outlining a method, he prefers 
to tell the "real-life stories" of people whose liveS' 
have been changed. He also shares from Ws own|i 
experiences. For this reason I especially enjoy; 
reading his books. 

Tournier presents ideas concerning the Holy) 
Spirit. In submission to the sovereign wUl of God,! 
a person experiences a new birth and the Holyj 
Spirit comes into his life. That Ufe, then, is trans 
formed. Under the Spirit's guidance there aret 
changes of attitudes and moral conduct as well as: 
experiencing a new source of inspiration, strength} 
and power. The Bible takes on meaning becausei 
the Holy Spirit enlightens the reader's under-r 

In his Healing of Persons he expresses thoughts: 
on religious experience. Some people have expe-^ 
rienced a great euphoria followed by a beneficial 
change in their personalities. Others have not had 
this original excitement and they may have seem 
no real transformation in their lives. StUl others 
have become so enthused about their conversion as 
to demand that everyone else have the same expe- 
rience and in the same way. These experiences 
may be evidences of the psychological power ot 
suggestion. But, he says, often suggestion is the^ 
imeans by which God brings a genuine conversion, 
Tournier is convinced also that miraculous healing: 
does occur through the God given power of sug-; 
gestion. But the science of medicine and psychol- 
ogy will never be able to explain why God heals 
in the first place or why He answers prayer. 

Tournier tries in all his writings to integrate: 
psychology with a Biblical Christianity and noti 
just with religion in general. He also recognizes 
that scholars try to analyze, explain, summarize, 
and evaluate his work; but he is interested irii 

January 25, 1975 

Page Twenty-seven 

learning from his mistakes, living a full life, en- 
joying other people, ,and serving God whom he 
expects to meet some day face to face. 

The inspiration for this writing came after I 
read The Christian Psychology of Paul Toumier by 
Gary Collins who is professor of pastoral psy- 
chology and counseling at Trinity Evangelical 
Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. I am thankful 
for the opportunity of hearing and meeting Gary 
Collins at our Brethren Seminary, where he spoke 
and showed slides of his visit with the great and 
humble man. In the November '74 issue of Eternity 
magazine is an article, also by Gary Collins, con- 
cerning marriage and the death of Toumier's 
wife, NeUy, May 23, 1974. Toumier believes that 
successful marriage always involves unselfish giv- 
ing — a giving to each other of one's time, inde- 
pendence, secrets, concerns, support, and love. 

In the last chapter of his book, CoUlns discusses 
the legacy of Toumier. He, along with other book 
reviewers, believes that Toumier radiates a "halo 
of hope" for his readers. The case histories, the 
descriptions of real people, the discussion of prac- 
tical problems, and Toumier's sharing of his own 
experiences all demonstrate that he is a warm 
person, concerned about his readers, and over- 
flowdng with hope. He uses down-to-earth illustra- 
tions and picturesque language. He avoids using 
psychiatric or theological terms. For example, the 
"he who gets slapped complex" is for those whose 
lives are a succession of failures; the "aU-or- 
nothing types" are for those who are perfection- 
ists; and the "fusspot complex" are for those who 
fuss and worry over every little detail of their 
lives. Even though he is often respected by pro- 
fessionals, his greatest impact is on the general 

The first permanent contribution of Paiil Tour- 
nier is his integration of psychology and Biblical 
Christianity. His own words are, "I wdU go on 
telling people that psychology and the Bible can 
and must be integrated, but others will now have 
to do the integrating." 

The second contrib.ution is his emphasis on the 
importance of involvement with other people. 
Toumier's practical guidelines for living comprise 
the third contribution. He shows how we can es- 
cape from loneliness, understand each other, over- 
come weakness, hemdle guilt, deal with sexual im- 
pulses, bear suffering, adjust to being single, dis- 
cover a place in life, find adventure in our work, 
build a better marriage, become successful, expe- 
rience real meaning in our existence, find God's 
will, live a better Christian life, mature spirituaUy, 
and leam to grow old. 

Men and women throughout the world wlU con- 
tinue to read Paul Toumier's books and be helped. 
Many, he hopes, will find a personal relationship 
with Jesus Christ and discover that life can be a 
real adventure. 

For Paul Toumier of Geneva, life has been an 
adventure, but the best he believes is yet to >be. 
"I know," he writes, "that beyond the winter of 
death I shall see God face to face, and understand 
fully, even as I have been fully understood, from 
before my birth." 

Several of these books that I have mentioned are 
on the shelves of our Brethren Book Store in 
Ashland, Ohio. 

a time when 

Christians everywhere 

gather together 

to pray 

"Workers Together With God, ' 
a Bible-centered worship 
guide prepared by the 
National Association of 
Evangelicals, is available 
in booklet form for group 
participation in church 
and community services 



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in quantity indicated: 


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Page Twenty-eight 


Alas, there is nothing sadder than self-made 
sadness. Observe the Despondent Drake. He is 
staring down at his reflection in the pool of tears 
by his feet. Since a sad face is all that stares back, 
the Despondent Drake becomes sadder. As he be- 
comes sadder, his reflection becomes sadder, and 
the Despondent Drake becomes sadder stUl. What 
a sad creature. He is worse than Poe's Flaven. 

What makes the Despondent Drake a birdbrain 
is not his sadness but his unwUlingness to look 
beyond it. Though he may cry, "No hope ... no 
hope!" there is Someone Else who says, "I am the 
Way, the Truth, and the Life." Though the Des- 
pondent Drake has given up on life, there is So^me- 
one Else who says, "I am the resurrection and the 
life, he who beUeves in Me shall Live even if he 
dies: and everyone who lives and believes in Me 
shall never die." 

Jesus never denied the reality of sadness, but 
He insisted that clinging to it would lead to eter- 
nal death. He asks us to lose ourselves and our 
sadness in Him, thereby finding life, "Whoever 
wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever 
loses his life for my saJ^e shall find it." 

The promise of Christ shuts out no one except 
those who shut out themselves. Look upward. 
Despondent Drakes, not downward. Listen to His 
voice and not your own, and smile — 

"Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, 
believe also in Me." Then look at your reflection. 

The Brethren Evangelist 

by Dan Brenner 

, uttio ^hu 


(Brussels, 12th December 1974) — "Personally I 
believe that the young people of our time are 
turning to Jesus Christ, who can transform them 
and change their whole life." This was declared 
by evangelist Billy Graham in a Press Conference 
at the International Press Centre here for EURO- 
FEST '75. 

Joining Dr. Graham, members of the EURO- 
FEST Executive Committee explained to the 
journalists the major aspects of the European 
event to be held on the 1958 World's Fair Grounds 
at the Centenary Palaces and Heysel Stadium 
from July 24th to August 2nd 1975. Ten to fifteen 
thousand young people are expected to attend, 
coming from most of the countries of the Euro- 
pean continent. Present with the journalists at 
the Press Conference were nine full-time EURO- 
FEST Co-ordinators from every major area of 

Sophisticated pubUc address systems wiU allow 
these thousands of youngsters to hear the Bible 
studies of Church of England Bishop, Festo 
Kivengere from Uganda and evangeUst Luis Palau 
from Mexico in seven languages simultaneously. 
Following the Bible studies each day, smaller 
groups will gather lor seminars on the theme of 
"Discipleship" and further discussion wiU take 
place in "Minigroups" and in person-to-person 
dialogue. Christian musicians from many coun- 

tries will join the weU knovwi Swedish choir 
"Choralema" as musical participants in the fes- 
tival, which is designed to give Bible Teaching 
and personal evangelism training to the young 

Dr. Graham said that aU around the world there 
is a growing interest among young people in 
studying the Bible. "The new generation rejects 
materialsism. After having turned to drugs. East- 
em religions and occultism, thousands of young 
people are turning to Jesus Christ." Acknowledg- 
ing that this development is stiU slow in Europe, 
the evangehst expressed his hope that EUROFEST 
wni make a significant contribution to the same 
kind of awakening here. 

Dr. Graham said that his part in the event wUl 
be to speak at the pubUc evening evangeUstic 
rallies in the Heysel Stadium, which wiU begin 
on the 25th July, one day after the opening of 
EUROFEST. "My only purpose in coming to 
Brussels is to preach the good news of Jesus 
Christ" he said to the journalists. "I wiU try to 
explain the meaning of the Gospel of Chiist for 
our time as so many people are ignorant of the 
life that Jesus Christ is giving to us in 1975." 

Brussels, "capital" of Europe, will live the 
summer of 1975 under the banner of European 
Christianity throug'h the thousands of youth com- 
ing from many couaitries and through the people 
of Belg'ium attending the Crusade rallies in the 
Heysel Stadium in July and August. 

Luc Verlinden 


January 25, 1975 Pa^e Twenty-nine 


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Each week a short worship service is 
presented at Brethren Care by various indi- 
nduals and groups from the Park Street 
Brethren Church and the Ashland com- 
nunity. The folloiving devotional talk by Dale 
^toffer ivas delivered recently as part of this 

In I Kings 18 and 19 are found the stories of 
he prophet Elijah at two mountains — Mount Car- 
nel in chapter 18 and Mount Horeib in chapter 19. 
rhe story of Elijah at Mount Carmel is one of 
"■ictory — the vindication of Elijah and His Gk>d 
yefore the people of Israel and Ahab, King of 
:srael. The story of Elijah at Mount Hore'b is one 
tf personal despair — the hopelessness of Elijah be- 
iore his enemies and God's unique response and 
esson. When taken together, these two stories 
each a very important lesson about God and about 

The first and second commandments of the Ten 
illommandments banned the worship of foreign 
fods and idols from Israel. God promised that He 
vould punish those who disobeyed and hated Him 
into the third and fourth generation, but would 
Jiow his lovlngkindness and mercy to all those 
viho would love Him and keep His commandments 
Ex. 20:3-6). Following the spUt of the Israelite 
lation after Solomon's death into the northern 
cingdom, Israel, and the southern kingdom, Judaih, 
he noiHiem kingdom began to fall away from God 
>y worshipping foreign gods and idols. By Elijah's 
ime Israel had backslid to the point that not only 
vere foreign gods and idols commonplace, but also 
he faithful prophets and believers of the God of 
srael were being murdered throughout Israel. The 
:hief culprits in this persecution were King Ahab 
tnd Ws foreign queen, Jezetoel. One gets the feei- 
ng from the Scriptural records that Ahab was a 
ten-pecked husiband. Queen Jezebel appears to 
lave run the show, increasing Baal worship 
hroughout Israel and slaughtering the prophets 
^f the Lord. 

ThroUighout this reign of terror, Elijah remained 
faithful to his God and eluded the queen's attempts 
to kill him. Being grieved at Israel's falling away 
from their God, Elijah finally decided to confront 
the problem directly as recorded in I Kings 18. He 
told Obadiah, who was over Ahalb's household and 
was faithful to God, to tell Ahab to come and meet 
him. (Elijah was protoably wise in going to the 
weaker link in the royal family, for Jezebel would 
have nothing to do with Elijali except to kill him). 
When Ahab came to meet Elijah, Elijah got to the 
heart of the issue. "I have not troubled Israel, but 
you and your father's house have, because you 
have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and 
you have followed the Baals. Now then send and 
gather to me all Israel at Mount Carmel, together 
with 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the 
Asherah, who eat at Jezebel's table" (I Kings 

On the appointed day the people of Israel as- 
sembled at Mount Carmel along with the 450 repre- 
sentatives of Baal and Elijah, the sole representa- 
tive of God. Elijah wanted to demonstrate to all 
Israel who was the one true Gk)d. So he proposed 
the following test. Both he and the prophets of 
Baal would select an ox, cut it up,, and place it on 
an altar with wood beneath it. But one vital in- 
gredient would be left out — fire. Elijah then made 
his challenge. "You call on the name of your god, 
and I win call on the name of the Lord, and the 
God who answers by fire, He is God" (verse 24). 
All agreed that this would be a fair test. 

The prophets of Baal prepared their altar first. 
They called upon the name of Baal from morning 
until noon; but there was no answer. They leaped 
upon the altar; but there was no answer. One can 
sense just how piercing Elijah's satirical remarks 
were. "Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; 
either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a 
journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be 
awakened" (verse 27). So then the prophets cried 
even louder and cut themselves so that their blood 
gushed out; but there was stUl no answer. Finally 
with evening approaching they ranted and raved 
all the more; but there was no voice, no one an- 
swered, and no one paid attention. 

(Continued on page 7) 

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OCTOBER 12 & 13, 1974 

by Juan Carlos Mirandcii 

Our second congress for Sunday School teachers 
was another success for 1974. Seventy teachers 
attended representing most of our churches. The 
subject this year: "Group Dynamics in the Sunday 
School". The main speaker was Miss Marguerite 
Tyson, from Child Evangelism Fellowship. 

At the same time, we had some of the same 
discussion group leaders as last year, that they 
may review what was done since our last meeting. 
We find that the churches are taking more serious- 
ly the work of the Sunday School and efforts are 
being made in order to improve methods and 
train teachers. 

This congress has been sponsored by the Eden 
Bible Institute, and directed by Mrs. Maria 

Miranda. But this year, in order to try to havei 
more participation from the Sunday School teach- 
ers themselves, a sub-committee was named at thei 
Congress, and the Institute named two members 
of the staff, Raymond Aspinall and Maria Miranda, i 
to advise and work with the committee. We feel 
that this way, eventually this program and efforts 
for better Sunday Schools and teachers will be ini 
the hands of a separate committee, who will 'be< 
under the Church rather than the Institute. 

All of this is very encouraging, we feel that it 
is part of the general program of Church Growth t 
in Argentina and as time goes by we will be able( 
to report great achievements and results. Pray) 
for our work in Argentina so that the Lord will I 
bless the efforts that are being made. 

j February 8, 1975 

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A teacher is — 
a sharer 

a caller to attention 
a spotlighter 

"What do you see?" 
"What do you hear?" 
A teacher cares about her pupils — 

a listener for what is behind the words 

an observer of actions, reactions, and no action 

a suggester 

"How about this?" 
"Have you thought of ..." 
"Did you ever consider . . ." 
A teacher is a compulsive creator — 

She has to mix what is in her with what she experiences 
So that others may see and hear and feel the new mixture 
A teacher wants what is best for each one — 

Sometimes providing insulation against others' expectations 
Sometimes nudging and prodding in spite of protests 
Sometimes making mistakes 
Sometimes saying "NO !" 
Sometimes saying "I don't know." 
Sometimes saying "Let's try." 
A teacher likes to be surprised — • 

She is not afraid to have her pupils discover what she hasn't 
A teacher is really another of God's instruments — 
placed in the world to guide growth 
Thank you, God, for this aspiration. 
Please shai-pen to precision this tool of Thine. 

Jean Lersch 

St. Petersburg, Florida 

February 8, 1975 

Page Seven 

(Victory or Despair 
Continued from page 3) 

Then Elijah told the people to come near. He 
prepared an ciltar with twelve stones, according to 
the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob. He 
arranged the wood, cut his ox in pieces, and laid 
it on the wood. But Elijah did something different 
from the prophets of Baal. He doused his offering 
with so much water, that it filled a trench which 
he dug around the altar. Then he prayed to God. 
"O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, 
today let it be known that Thou art God in Israel, 
£ind that I am Thy servant, and that I have done 
ail these things at Thy word. Answer me, O Lord, 
answer me, that this people may know that Thou, 
O Lord, art God, and that Thou hast turned their 
heart back again." God's answer was immediate. 
"Then fire of the Lord feU, and consumed the 
burnt offering and the wood and the stones and 
the dust, and licked up the water that was In the 
trench" (verse 38). Seeing this undeniable proof of 
the Lord's power, the people fell on their faces and 
said, "The Lord, He is God; the Lord, He is God." 
Then Elijah carried out God's judgment against 
false prophets by having them killed (Deut. 18:20). 

This story is above all a demonstration of the 
fact that there is but one God — the God of Abra- 
■ham, Isaac and Jacob. Yet it is also a vindication 
iof Ehjaih's ministry and his God (see verse 36). 
JFor all these years he had proclaimed the mes- 
jsage of the Lord God, many times to deaf ears. 
Now, however, before all Israel the truth of Eli- 
jah's message and the reality of his God had been 
demonstrated. Truly it was a great victory for the 
Lord God of Israel and His servant, Elijah. 

The story of EUjah at Mount Horeb, however, 
lies in stark contrast to the story of Elijah at 
Mount Carmel. Following the Mount Carmel ex- 
perience, Jezebel vowed to kill Elijah (I Kings 
19:2). In fear for his very Ufe,, Elijah fled south 
to Judah, to the wilderness near Beersheba. As he 
thought about his plight, he became very depressed 
and despondent. Elijah despaired even unto death. 
"It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I 
am not better than my fathers" (verse 4). How 
human Elijah was at this point! When the chips 
were down, when nothing was going his way, he 
wanted to give up and die. He seemed even to for- 
get God's previous care and protection of his life. 

Notice that God had other plans for EUjah. (3od 
sent an angel who fed EUjah and told him to go 
into the wilderness to Mount Horeb (or Mt. Sinai). 
There Elijah meditated before the Lord in a cave 
for forty days and forty nights. During this pe- 
riod, the word of the Lord came to EUjah, and 
God asked him an interesting question, "What are 
you doing here, EUjah?" (verse 9). One would ex- 
pect EUjah to have responded. "Why you told me 
to come here!" However, this was not EUjah's re- 
srponse; instead he told God exactly what was 
bugging him. "I have been very zealous for the 
Lord, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have 
forsaken Thy covenant, torn down Thine altars 
and kiUed Thy prophets wdth the sword. And I 
alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it 
away" (verse 10). EUjah was still centered on his 
own problems. 

God then taught EUjah a very interesting lesson 
(verses 11-14). God told EUjah to stand on the 
mountain before Him. As Elijah waited, suddenly 
there arose a great and strong wind that rent the 
mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before 
the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. Next 
there came an earthquake; but the Lord was not 
in the earthquake. A fire foUowed; but the Lord 
was not in the fire. FinaUy there came a sound of 
a gentle blowing, and EUjah knew God was 
present. He wrapped his face in his mantle and 
stood at the entrance of his cave. God now re- 
peats his previous question, "What are you doing 
here, Elijah?" StiU caught up in his own depres- 
sion, Elijah answers this question exactly as he 
did before. It would appear that EUjah missed the 
whole point of God's demonstration, but at any 
rate God replies with a direct answer to EUjah's 
problem (verses 15-18). He teUs EUjah to return 
to Israel where he wUl anoint a new Idng. Ahab's 
line will be destroyed, and He further reassures 
EUjah, "Yet I wUl leave 7000 in Israel, aU the 
knees that have not bowed to Baal and every 
mouth that has not kissed him." 

FoUowing the great victory of EUjah and his 
God in chapter 18, it is rather difficult to under- 
stand Elijah's great despair in chapter 19. EUjah's 
problem does not center in the fact that Jezebel 
was trying to kill him; she had sought his Ufe all 
along. His problem was that he became "short- 
sighted." He could not see beyond his own des- 
perate situation. He forgot how God had previously 
protected and cared for him. But notice God's 
remedy. He sent EUjah to Mount Horeb to medi- 
tate upon Himself. Also note how God came to 
Elijah. It was not in the great, strong wind, nor 
the violent earthquake, nor even the brUliant, 
searing fire as EUjah probably expected, (^d came 
to EUjah in the "sound of a gentle blowing." He 
was telUng Elijah, "Quit worrying about your own 
'great' problems that thunder for solution; this 
road leads only to despair. Instead, turn your at- 
tention to Me and quietly meditate upon Me. Trust 
Me that I will solve all your problems in My way." 
The lesson that EUjah needed to learn is well 
stated in Psalm 46:10, "Be stiU and know that I 
am God." 

Like EUjah, we too have our Mount Carmels 
and Mount Horebs. At times we see God's hand at 
work in every aspect of our lives. We ex-perience 
that joy and peace which should be ours as Chris- 
tians (Rom. 5:1). We boldly claim the promise, 
"If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Rom. 
8:31). At other times, however, we have expe- 
riences similar to EUjah's at Mount Horeb. Some 
tragedy or difficulty strikes that causes us to be 
shortsighted. AU we can see is our own dilemma. 
We became depressed and despair even of life it- 
self. God seems to be distant and unconcerned. Yet 
the problem is not with Him; it is with us. He is 
always there, waiting for us once again to allow 
Him to renew our strength (Is. 40:31). We need 
to learn, as Elijah did, to quietly meditate upon 
God. We need to remember as Jesus pointed out, 
"And which of you by being anxious Ccin add a 
single cubit to his life's span?" (Matt. 6:27). God 
will work aU things out according to his perfect 
plan, and He asks us only to "Be still and know 
that I am God." 

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by Waldron Scofti 

This message ivas originally the script of 
a multi-media presentation by the Navigators 
in Lausanne, Suritzerland at the 197 A Inter- 
national Congress on World Evangelization. 

Only a few thousand people first heard the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ on the shores of the Med- 
iterranean Sea 19 centuries ago. Today, a thous- 
and million people profess Christianity, making 
it the first truly worldwide faith. William Temple, 
the late Archbishop of Canterbury, referred to this 
as "the great, new fact of our time." 

This achievement, of course, is not to our credit 
— it is the Lord's doing, the work of the Holy 
Spirit, in accordance with His eternal plan. As 
Ephesians 1:10 says, "a plan for the fulness of 
time, to unite all things in Him, things In Heaven 
and things on earth." 

During the first 500 years of Christian history 
believers were less than 10 percent of the world's 
population. During the second 500 years Europe 
was evangelized but North Africa and the Middle 
East were lost to Islam — so there was little net 
gam. During the third 500 year period also there 
was little churdh growth. After the misguided 
attempt of the Crusades, European Christians con- 
centrated on inward renewal and reform. 

But God had not abandoned His great plan to 
disciple the nations. During the past 500 years, 
and particularly in the last two centuries, the 
world has witnessed a dramatic upsurge of the 
Christian community. As least 30 per cent of our 
planet's population today professes the Christian 

Some of the fastest growing churdies in the 
world are in Asia. Men's response to the Gospel 
there has thrilled us all. There are now approxi- 
mately 70 million Christians In Asia. H2ilf of these 
are in the Philippine RepubUc. It is true that 70 
million is only a tiny percentage (3 per cent) of 
Asia's total population; but a more important 
statistic than absolute numbers must be consid- 
ered — namely, the rate of growth; that is, the 
percentage of Increase of a group annually. 

Dr. Ralph Winter has calculated that during 
the first three-quarters of this century Christians 
in Asia increased at an average annual rate nearly 
three times that of non-Christians. 

At the beginning of the 20th Century there^ 
were 75 non-Christians In Asia for every Christian.' 
Today, this ratio has dropped to 22 to 1 — one third 
of the previous proportion! And It appears that 
this trend wUl continue throughout the remainder! 
of this century — ^clear evidence that the Spirit of 
God is moving mightily in Asia in our time. 

But God's power has been even more dramatic- 
ally evident m Africa during the 20th Century. 
At the beginning of this century only IVz peril 
cent of Africa's peoples professed the Name of 
Christ. Today, the proportion of Africans who 
have indicated their allegiance to Jesus has risen 
to 33 per cent. And by the year 2000, just 25 years 
from now, nearly half of the continent will hav( 
come under the banner of the Cross! 

During the period 1900-1975 Christians in Asia 
increased at a rate nearly three times that ol 
non-Christians. In Africa during the same j>eriod 
the rate was almost four times faster! That is, 
whereas the population of Africa generally in- 
creased at a rate of 1.2 per cent per year, th€ 
Christian community expanded by 4.6 per ceni 

At the beginning of our century there were 2S 
non-Christians in Africa for every Christian. To- 
day, there are only 2% — a ten-fold drop! And, as 
we saw with respect to Asia, in Africa also thii 
trend will persist for at least the next 25 years. 

Thus, it is probable that by the year 2000 there 
will be more non-Westem Christians in the world 
than Western. Also, by that date the center ol 
gravity of Christendom wiU have shifted froifl 
north of the equator to south. I 

Part of this Shift can be traced to the growing 
number of evangelicals in Latin America. Latin 
America has been a nominally Christian con- 
tinent for more than 400 years. BrazU, for ex- 
ample, is the world's largest Catholic country. 
Within Latin America during the 20th Centurj 
overall church growth has resulted not merelj 
from normal population increases but from thi 
multiplication of evangelical communities. 

February 8, 1975 

Page Nine 

The current population growth rate in Latin 
America is about 3 per cent — the highest in the 
world. Among evangelicals, however, the growth 
rate in recent years has been 10 per cent! In other 
words, evangelicals are expanding three times 
faster than the population at large! 

In contrast with Latin America, North America 
is predominantly Protestant, though with a sig- 
nificant Catholic element. North American church 
membership increased steadily for more than 100 
years. But, as was pointed out in Dean KeUey's 
book. Why Conservative Churches are Growing, 
some of the largest denominations in America have 
experienced declines in membership since 1965. 

In contrast, such declines are not apparent in 
Bible-centered churches. Moreover, the number of 
missionaries affiliated with North American evan- 
gelical societies has increased by 60 i>er cent in 
recent years. 

Up to this point we have been considering the 
amazing expansion of Christianity through the 
centuries — and for this we praise God. Now we 
turn our attention to the tasli that remains before 
us — ^the nearly 3 ibdHion unreached people on our 

In doing so we look first at Europe, the center 
of Christian faith for the past 1500 years — the 
home of the Protestant Reformation and the home 
base for much of the 'modem gloibal missionary 
movement. Within this century European Christen- 
dom has experienced steady secularization com- 
bined with intense apposition from atheistic ma- 
terialism — so much that contemporary European 
culture is frequently said to be "post-Christian." 

Christian expansion in Europe in recent decades 
has not kept pace with the continent's population 
growth. Church attendance has decreased signif- 
icantly during the past half-century. 

Less than 3 per cent of those now living in Eur- 
ope are members of non-Christian religions sueh 
as Judiasm, Islam and Hinduism. Over 25 jjer 
cent are avowedly atheist, thoug'h living in coun- 
tries which are historically Christian. Nearly two- 
thirds are Christian, the majority being Roman 
Catholic and Eastern Orthodox. 

It is impossible, of course, to estimate the pre- 
cise number of committed Christians. But in most 
European countries regular church attendance 
does not exceed 5 per cent. It is apparent, then, 
that the task of evangelizing Europe consists as 
much in reaching those Who are Christian in 
name only — a recent public opinion poll, for ex- 
ample, revealed that only 29 per cent of the British 
people believe in God — as in persuading atheists 
or members of non-Christian religions. 

The situation in North America is similar to 
that in Europe in that there are relatively few 
adherents of non-Christian religions to win — some 
Indian tribes, and members of the Jewish faith 
being the main exceptions. One difference is that 
North America is almost totally Christian — at 
least formally. Militant atheism is not a major 
factor Eis in Europe. 

Another difference is that the evangelical sector 
is somewhat larger than in Europe^ — or at least 
most visible! Yet America's pervasive materialism 
presents a formidable challenge to evangelism. 

Again, in Latin America the challenge is not 
only tihe aboriginal tribes — though it is imperative 

that they be reached — it is also the great mass of 
nominal Christians who combine various mixtures 
of pagan and Christian practices. 

In some respects, therefore, the evangelistic 
challenges presented by Europe, North America 
and Latin America are similar. When we look at 
the challenge of Africa, however, we see some- 
thing quite different. Here the percentage of ad- 
herents of non-Christian religions — that is, tra- 
ditional tribal religions (25 per cent) — and Islam 
(42 per cent) — is much higher than in Europe, 
North America and Latin America. 

From the standpoint of sheer numbers, how- 
ever, Asia, even more than Africa, presents the 
greatest challenge of all to our generation. Mem- 
bers of non-Christian reUgions constitute fully 95 
per cent of the population of this vast continent. 
The significance of this large percentage strikes 
home when we realize that Asia, though only one 
of six continents, contains more than half of the 
world's population — that is, more than half of all 
those for whom Christ died. 

We are not suggesting, of course, that the entire 
evangelistic and missionary resources of the Chris- 
tian church be projected into this area. We have 
already indicated the special challenges of the 
other continents. But it is imperative that we 
recognize that almost half of the fulfillment of 
the Great Commission in our time will be decided 
in this small area. It is reasonable to assume that 
the greatest part of the task of world evangeliza- 
tion in the immediate future lies in Asia. 

Yes, something new — a worldwide Church . . . 
Christians in every land. And yet, so much re- 
mains to be done! Hindus, Muslims, Chinese — 
these three groups alone constitute 83 per cent of 
all non-Christians in Asia and Africa. Moreover, 
they are beyond the reach of ordinary near- 
neighbor evangelism. Consequently it is essential 
to stress the importance of both local evangelism 
and missionary outreach. 

Missionaries — that is, disciple-makers sent out 
across cultural frontiers — are needed more than 
ever. Even Western missionaries are required in 
many places in greater numbers than ever, in 
spite of so^me voices to the contrary. 

Yet these three groups — Hindus, Muslims, 
Chinese — nearly 2 billion strong — are the object 
of only 5 per cent of today's Protestant missionary 
force. The other 95 per cent of our missionaries 
are directing their efforts toward the nurture of 
Christians or that much smaller group of un- 
reached peoples which, though admittedly import- 
ant, nevertheless comprises only 17 per cent of 
the unreached peoples of Asia and Africa. 

One reason for this, of course, is that Hinduism, 
Islam and Buddhism, as well as Chinese com- 
munism, present special obstacles to Western 
evangelistic agencies. iReaiistic strategy for the 
coming quarter century, therefore, calls for many, 
many more Third World missionaries. 

Indeed, this strategy appears to have been 
inaugurated already by the Holy Spirit, for one 
of the most exciting developments in our time is 
the emergence of Third World missions. The 
authors of Missions from the Third World, report 
that more than 200 agencies fro-m 46 non-Western 
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Page Ten 

countries have already sent out more than 3,000 

Nigeria, India and Brazil lead the way, followed 
by the Philippines, Japan, Mexico and Third World 
ethnic missions from the United States. But these 
are only the vanguard. Thousands more are need- 
ed! Surely one of the most significant things 
evangelical leaders must do today is to give 
prayerful consideration to how missionaries from 
the Third World can be multipUed. 

A good deal of emphasis has been placed on 
statistics in this presentation. We recognize the 
dangers inherent in worlcLng with figures — and it 
is perfectly true that our Lord is as much con- 
cerned with quaUty as with quantity. However, 
statistics are useful in revealing something of 
the dimensions of the task before us. 

For every person in our world today who pro- 
fesses the Name of Jesus, there are two who have 
never heard His Name. And, m the words of the 

The Brethren Evang'elist 

Apostle Paul, "How are they to believe in Him 
of whom they have never heard?" "And how are 
they to hear without a preacher?" "And how can 
they preach unless they be sent?" 

To these sharp questions we may add a fourth: 
"And how are they to go if they do not have the 

Now that we have considered some relevant 
facts — if each of us were to bend every effort to 
mobilize our fellow Christians, first, for the evan- 
gelization of our own nation, and then for the 
whole world — ^what wonders might God do! May 
Isaiah's prayer be each of ours; "Here I am. Lord. 
Send me!" 

Mr. Scott is president of the World Evan- 
gelical Fellowship, ivith headquarters in 
Colorado Springs. 


by David M. Smiekj 

WHEATON, lU. (EP)— With a grant totalling 
one-third of a million dollars, a small literary 
collection begun at Wheaton College in 1965 has 
mushroomed into the world's best collection on 
C. S. Lewis and various other modern British 

Wheaton's Marion E. Wade Collection, named 
in memory of its benefactor who was founder 
of ServiceMaster, now even surpasses the great 
Bodleian Library at Oxford with its original writ- 
ings of Lewis, Charles Williams, and Owen 

The Collection also includes worlcs by J. R. R. 
Tolkien, George MacDonald, Dorothy Sayers, and 
G. K. Chesterton, all of whom were often called 
"The Oxford Christians." 

Recently, the shelves and files of first editions, 
letters, and manuscripts have Increased so rapidly 
that the Collection has outgrown its home in 
Wheaton's English department. In addition, Whea- 
ton vice-president for academic affairs, Donald 
Mitchell, has announced, "If the possibility arises, 
we would hope to build a replica on campus of 
Lewis' home near Oxford." 

With its proposed completion by 1980, the house 
would contain an entire learning center of the 
seven authors. 

Lewis, a self-declared "happy atheist" early in 

life, later became a leading spokesman for ortho- 
dox Christianity. A recognized scholar who for 
30 years was fellow and tutor at Magdalen College, 
Oxford, he later held the chair of medieval and 
Renaissance literature at Cambridge University. 
Lewis is best known for his Christian treatises, 
mythical fiction, and children's stories. 

Since his death in 1973, Lewis' chUdren stories 
have become classics. In his "Chronicles of 
Namia," a land of adventure, by passing through 
a special wardrobe. The impetus for this magic 
wardrobe was a wardrobe Which stood in Lewis' 
home near Oxford. This elaborately carved col- 
lectors' item, perhaps the most famous wardrobe 
in the United States, was recently purchased by 
the Wheaton collection and stands m the school's 
English department. Numerous school groups and 
others visited Wheaton this year with a special 
interest In this intriguing item. 

Lewis draws the same enthusiasm from adults 
as well. A Professor of English from Victoria 
University in Canada recently spent five weeks 
at the Collection studying the unpublished letters 
of Lewis. Wheaton Literature Professor Clyde S. 
KUby, a personal friend to both Lewis and Tolkien 
and founder of the Collection, cited these two men 
as among the most widely read authors in this 
century. Their books are bestsellers on college 
campuses today. 

February 8, 1975 

Pa£:e Eleven 


Our view in the microscope today reveals some- 
thing of a paradox. One generally thinks of a 
mathematician as a matter-of-fact, no nonsense 
kind of person, given to dealing only with facts 
and figures, and not greatly involved in personal 
I relationships. But here, that expectation is not 

li The fine lady I am presenting is an excellent 
'mathematician, to be sure; in fact, she teaches 
those formidable-sounding courses at Ashland Col- 
Jege which strike fear into the hearts of us who 
have difficulty adding double-digit figures. In her 
-capacity as professor, she not only enables her 
jlstudents to master these forbidding disciplines, but 
l^he takes personal interest in every o-ne of them, 
timulating each one to live up to his or her 

These, of course, are her professional achieve- 
ments, but she performs niimerous other services 
is a skUlful dealer in numbers. For many years 
she has served as financial secretary of her church, 
with a fine record of dependability and accuracy, 
rhe National Women's Missionary Society also 
has benefitted for quite some time from her ex- 
E>ertise; she has served as their financial secretary. 

Apart from her specialty with figures, she serves 
on the Brethren Care board. In her local church 
she attends services faithfully, performing innum- 
erable tasks as requests are made or as slhe sees 
the need. 

This lady has travelled widely too: Alaska, 
Argentina, Nigeria, Hawaii, Israel, Egypt, Europe 
— you name it; she has ibeen there. Her travels 
have resulted in many new friendships and some 
of her world-wide friends have visited her in her 
home later. 

Because of her contacts in her travels and with 
her students, year after year, she has ibeen a great 
benefactor to many with moral, spiritual, and 
material support. 

She lives with her parents who are becoming 
advanced in years and who greatly appreciate her 
companionship and help in the home. 

All of these attributes and activities reflect the 
character of a stalwart Christian, and that is 
exactly what she is. Indeed, she is one of my 
favorite people! Who is she? DOROTHY CAR- 
PENTER*— who else? — U 

*AShlcind, Ohio 

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Signal Lights Program for March 

The Brethren Evangelist 




Radio Programs and Literature for Spanish 
Speaking Americans 


BIBLE STORY: Jesus' Friends Help Him 

(Have a large picture of The Last Supper by 

Da Vinci on the worship center.) 

Many of you iiave seen tiiis picture before. Wlio 
can tell us about it? 

Yes, this is Jesus and His disciples eating. They 
are eating a special meal called the Last Supper. 

This is not a real picture of the supper. This is 
the way the artist, Mr. Da Vinci thought it looked. 

Before we can have a big dinner what does 
someone have to do? That's right. Someone has 
to prepare it for us. It's not easy to get ready for 
a feast. Those who fix it for us do it because they 
love us. 

Jesus and His disciples were near the city of 
Jerusalem. It was time for the Passover feast. 

"I want to eat a special meal with you," Jesus 
told His friends. 

"But where can we have the dinner," asked one 
of the disciples. "We do not have a home nor even 
a room here." 

"Peter," said Jesus, I would like for you and 
John to go into the city. You will see a man carry- 
ing a jar of water. Follow him. He will stop at the 
home of a man who has a room we may use. 

Ask to use the room and get things ready forj 

Peter and John went into Jerusalem. They sav* 
a man carrying a jar of water. They folio we( 
him. They saw him go into a house. They knockec 
at the door. A man opened it. 

"We are Jesus' friends," said Peter. "He wantSi 
us to fix a meal for Him and His disciples. Do§ 
you have a room we may use?" 

"Yes, I have," answered the man. "Follow me." 

He led them upstairs to a large room. There was* 
a long table and seats. There was a place to pre • 
pare the food. 

"Thank you," said John. "We wUl prepare th^ 
meal for Jesus." 

Later Jesus and the other disciples came. Thel 
table was set. The candles were lit. The food was 

Jesus smiled at Peter and John. "You have donei 
well," He said. "Thank You. I am glad I have 
friends who will 'help me do the things I ask them 
to do." 

Based on Mark 14:13-17 

Memory Verse: John 20:21 

There are things each of us can do everyday t<i 
help Jesus. Our memory verse reminds us t:ha| 
He has work for us to do. 

"As the Father has sent me, even so I am sendj 
ing you." 

February 8, 1975 

Pa^^e Thirteen 


Dear Signal Lights: 

Sunday I thought of you. I thought of each one 
jf you who are praying for the Curtis' and the 
Spanish-speaking Americans they teach. I thought 
)f you because I was worshiping in our Tucson 

Behind me were sitting Rev. and Mrs. Curtis 
md some of their Mexican-American friends. 

You remember the Grandma and her family 
:hat Rev. and Mrs. Curtis visit? (See the January 
•nission story.) The friends in church with the 
IJurtis' were her son Who is the father of the 
family, his two sons, and two daughters. I wish 
i^ou could meet the little girls. You would lilie 
:hem. They have pretty black hair and beautiful 
>ig dark eyes. They are happy little girls who 
smUe often. They were very quiet in church. 
[Linda cuddled a tiny doll.) They sang. They 
sowed their heads in prayer. They listened. They 
lad come to worship God. 

Grandmother didn't come to church. She's old 
ind it's difficult for her to go places now. Then, 
:oo, she speaks only Spanish and wouldn't have 
inderstood much of the service. 

She is happy most of her family attends church 
md is learning of Jesus. 

Soon Rev. Curtis hopes to have a Sunday morn- 
ng class Which he wUl teach in Spanish. Then 
nore of the Mexican-Americans will attend church. 

Sunday I was happy to be worshiping with the 
rucson Brethren and as I worshiped I thought 
)f you. I remembered how you are praying for 
Jie Mexican-Americans. SUently I prayed, "Tharik 
iTou, God. Thank You for answering the prayers 
>f the Signal Lights. Thank You for the new 
Mends in the seat behind me." 

I know you, too, wUl want to thank God for 
mswering your prayers. And I know you will 
jontlnue to jyray for the Curtis' and the Spanish- 
speaking people they are teaching. 

With love, 
Your EMitoo". 

i o 

— 'tv^ll^i:-^'-"Ti-i?-_4l""^r 

■^^1 «?»;■' '"^J 

/ •,, ■^Mi'-^er- 

a time when 

Christians everywhere 

gather together 

to pray 

"Workers Together With God,' 
a Bible-centered worship 
guide prepared by the 
National Association of 
Evangelicals, is available 
in booklet form for group 
participation in church 
and community services 



Please send materials 

in quantity indicated: 



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STATE 7i> 

National Association of Evangelicals 
Box 28, Wheaton IL 60187 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

ACTION — Government Program Offering 
Opportunities for Older Americans 

by Beverly Summy 

". . . the entire Nation has a high stake in a better 
life for its older citizens simply because we need 
you. We need the resources which you, aJone, 
can offer." 

President Richard Nixon 

The White House Conference of Aging 

December 2, 1971 

The government offers various programs in 
which older Americans can serve while helping 
others and the nation. ACTION is a relatively new 
agency which consolidates all federal volunteer 
programs. President Nixon called ACTION an 
"Alliance of the generations" since individuals of 
all ages may serve in the various programs of 
this agency. 

Former Peace Corps Director Joe Blatchford was 
named as director and he challenged: 

"Let us work together to seek out those ways 
by which the commitment and the compassion 
of one generation can be linked to the will and 
experience of another so that we can serve 
Americans better and Americans can better 
serve mankind." 

This commitment to provide opportunities for 
older Americans, to become active in meaningful 
tasks ... to improve the quality of their lives by 
participating in new accomplishments, has been 
answered in the multi-faceted ACTION programs. 
Approximately 80,000 opportunities for volunteer 
service by older Americans had been created by 
July, 1973. 

RSVP— ACTIONS Retired Senior Volunteer Pro- 
gram, a new dimension of community service, is 
the fastest growing volunteer program in the na- 
tional Congress responded to President Nixon's 
request to triple the funding for RSVP by appro- 
priating $15 million for this program. 

These community organized and operated proj- 
ects are providing meaningful volunteer jobs 
ranging from chauffeurlng patients to clinics to 
serving as senior teaching aides — the activities 
are as numerous and diverse as the applicants. 
Volunteers may provide companionship and guid- 
ance to pre-school children, or drive a bus full of 
happy children to a day-care center, or assist pro- 
bation officers. The list of things to be done is 
endless. Typical of RSVP is the Hospital of the 
Medical College of Pennsylvania in North Phil- 
adelphia where volunteers work with children in 
the Pediatric CUnic. Others do clerical jobs in the 
Dietary Department, or prepare surgical Idts for 
the Operating Room. 

teers who work in the Foster Grandparents Pro- 
gram are retired Americans with low incomes — 
men and women who must be at least 60. One 
Volunteer is 93. They come from aU sections of 
the nation and from varied backgrounds. They 
work with disadvantaged children in hospitals, 


correctional institutions, residential facilities fori 
mentally retarded, emotionally disturbed, depend- 
ent and neglected children. Fifty thousand children 
in 450 child care institutions throughout the coun- 
try are benefiting from love, care and demon- 
strated concern of more than 11,000 older Ameri- 
cans. Invariable, Volunteers say their lives have 
more meaning, that they receive more love than 
they could possibly give. 

VISTA — Volunteers In Service to America has 
nearly 300 ACTION Volunteers who are 60 years 
or over from varying backgrounds — retired busi- 
nessmen, housewives, lawyers, former welfare i 
recipients — anyone who wants to give time, energy, 
and a sense of caring. 

VISTA is particulary attractive to older Ameri- 
cans because 40 percent of the VISTA Volunteers 
are recruited to work in their community. 

In Boston, Anna Aicardi, 72, knows every housed! 
and the color of every home in her South Boston n 
VISTA project neighborhood. A retired social i 
worker, Anna, is the team leader for the "Southie" 
VISTA project — manning phones in a mobile city 
hall to refer citizens to avaUable services. gi 

PEACE CORPS— Older Americans have always J 
served with distinction in the Peace Corps. Matur-" 
ity gained from a Ufetime of experience and the t 
proficiency in skills possessed by older citizens are 'f 
scarce in developing countries served by theve 
Peace Corps. \ 

Dorothy Foster of Dillon, Montana was 60 and|l 
scheduled for retirement when she changed her<ii 
classroom setting from Montana to Thailand by.'y 
way of the Peace Corps. Saul Greiman, 68, Iromji 
Jersey City, N.J., a retired plumber,, was unhappy'V 
without the daily challenge of his career. He nowi 
teaches plumbing in Honduras. ■' 

SCORE— ACTION'S Service Corps of Retire* I 
Executives has attracted 4,000 older Americans 5 
with a lifetime of experience in business. 

Volunteers — both men and women — counsel 
owners of small businesses on sales, profits, pro- 
ductivity, merchandising, record keeping and other • 
aspects of business. SCORE Volunteers also pro- ■ Oliif 
vide manage knowhow to non-profit community ' On 
organizations. SCORE works closely with thef 
Small Business Administration in helping struggl- 
ing minority entrepreneurs and other smaUll 
businesses who seek SBA financial assistance. 
Frequently these businessmen don't need loans — ■ 
they need experience and counsel — which SCORE 
Volunteers are eminently qualified to give. 

If any older Americans are Interested in anyf 

of the above programs, they may receive more 

information by writing to: teii 


Washington, . Ij, 

D.C. 20525 Jig, 

or contacting an ACTION office near you. ias 


i"ebruary 8, 1975 

Page Fifteen 


The first assembly of the Golden Agers of the 
■"ort Scott Brethren Church was a Christmas 
[inner held December 20, 1974 in the church 
)arsonage. Those in attendance were Eula Blair, 
Cdith Culp, Charlie Hood, Lucy Lager, Mr. and 
,Irs. Ralph Lockwood, Opal Neely, Olive Richards, 
/[ary Taylor and Jerald Wood. Dinner was taken 
o Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Russell, Who were unable 
o attend. 

' The program consited of Scripture and poetry 
eading by the guests, some of the poetry being 
Vritten by themselves. The evening's events were 
ilanned by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Lyman assisted 
ly Rev. and Mrs. Buck Garrett. 


Stavding: Olive Richards, Sara Garrett, 
lattie Lyman, Clifford Lyman, Jerald Wood, 
harlie Hood. 

Seated: Hazel Locktvood, Edith Culp, Mary 
'aylor, Lucy Lager, Eula Blair and Ralph 


On Thursday evening, Jamuary 16, 1975, the 
&sidents of the Buckeye Apartments, Ashland, 
'hio, were invited to the Park Street Brethren 
Ihurch to a dinner as guests of the Woman's 
Elssionary Society, Group 3. 

They were greeted by Mrs. Charles Beekley, 
resident of the group and enjoyed a dinner pre- 
ared and served by members of the W.M.S. A 
hart program followed with Mr. George Schuster 
titertaining the guests and hostesses with movies 
iken of a vacation trip which included a round 
Ip from Brookville, Pennsylvania to Kittaning, 
'ennsylvanla, a special tour on a passenger tredn 
eing drawn by a steam driven locomotive. 

W.M.S. memlbers preparing and serving the 
inner were: Mrs. Eugene Zimmerman, Ch., Mrs. 
lugene Beekley, Mrs. Philip Gentle, OVIrs. Jiramie 
easlen, Mrs. Charles Beekley. 


WHEATON, lU. — ^Lotteries drive poor people 
deeper into poverty and, as a source of state rev- 
enue, have a consistent record of failure, claims 
Harvey N. Chinn, minister of the Faith United 
Methodist Church in Sacramento, Calif. 

In an interview carried in the winter 1974 issue 
of United Evangelical ACTION magazine, Chinn 
stated that "since people on low incomes tend to 
purchase the most lottery tickets, gambling drives 
them further into their poverty." 

Chinn, social action chairman of the Sacramento 
Associaton of Evangelicals, told an ACTION inter- 
viewer that most state lotteries are in deep fin- 
ancial trouble and are using saturation advertis- 
ing to stimulate the sale of lottery tickets. 

"There is a fundamental inconsistency," he con- 
tends, "in a state spending money to protect the 
consumer from being cheated, and then adver- 
tising lottery schemes where the majority of 
consumers have to be losers." 

The magazine article also relates Qhinn's suc- 
cessful anti-gambling lobbying efforts in California 
and his recommendations to other coaicemed 

United Evangelical ACTION is the official publi- 
cation of the National Association of Evangelicals. 

Page Sixteen 

The Brethren EvangeUst 


by Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Board 


(Part I of 5) 

[During Christmas vacation in 1973 John Holmstrom and Bill Baker of the 
Ford Motor Co. traveled to Upper Volta and Niger, two African countries caught 
ui the grip of a sLx-year-long drought. The purpose was to make a film depicting 
tragic consequences — hunger, malnutrition, starvation — of the unprecedented dry 

The filni was used by the World Relief Commission to produce the movie shown 
at General Conference last year — "Africa: Dry Edge of Disaster." It is stUl avail- 
able for showing in local Bretliren Churches at no charge. Write: World Relief 
Commission, Box 44, Valley Forge, Pa. 19481. Following is the start of Mr. Holm- 
Strom's diary.] 

December 24, 1973 

My first view of Africa is a small, one story 
building next to the Ogadougou, Upper Volta, air- 
port. Bill and I stumble wearily off the DCIO that 
we boarded in Paris 12 hours ago. It is now 6 in 
the morning and although the sun is rising, the 
dry air is so dust laden from the lack of rain the 
light is muted by the brown haze. The land is flat, 
with scrub trees, bushes, and almost colorless. Not 
the African image of jungles, foliage, and pith 
helmets one grows up with. We are in one of the 
poorest countries in the world. 

February 8, 1975 

Page Seventeen 

the local banik, and Pastor Sam's valiant attempts 
to translate our EngUsh into French, a car dealer 
finally provides us with a hard-to-find car and 

Ougadougou is a town of about 60,000. The car 
dealer is across from the central market, seething 
ivith black people. The women are colorfully 
garbed in exotic dresses, the children race about 
in the dust, bicycles flit through the traffic, and 
Bill and I continually shake our heads at the 
beggars and sellers that constantly approach us. 
Although most of the Africans are poorly dressed, 
they do not appear to be starving. Bill spots our 
first camel and I see a leper in front of the bank. 
He has no fingers or toes, one eye, and is begging. 

We drive three and a half hours on the dusty, 
washboard road to BoBo. The occasional car or 
truck that passes leaves a choking cloud of dust 
for us to pass through. Our driver, long, deep 
trdibal scars on his cheeks, speaks only French so 
the trip is mostly silent. We pass mud and grass 
hut villages. The kids wave at us and the goats 
and sheep run. Occasionally we see emaciated 
cattle. The dust and the pounding, coupled with 
Jet lag, leave Bill and me exhausted as we puU 
into the missionary compound. 

The Mission Protestante, as it is called, is about 
a half acre with a cluster of buUdings, a church, 
and several battered trailers. Immediately we are 
welcomed and I meet Dick Pendell of the World 
Relief Commission and Pete Unruh, a pastor from 
Minneapolis who is on the Commission executive 
committee. BiU, having gone to Bangladesh and 
Vietnam with the two men, knows them weU. 

We greet the rest of the missionaries and their 
Children. The people are aU casually dressed, the 
Women without makeup, the air free of tobacco 
=imoke, and I sense a loving, gentle air over the 
whole gathering of people. After lunch Bill and I 
g:ather our film equipment and Unruh and Pendell 
and head for the outskirts of town. We are driven 
by Dave Kennedy, a heavyset smiling 32-year-old 
Baptist who has been an African missionary for 
seven years. Also joining us is Tom Bums who 
tias been a missionary in Africa since 1946. Dave 
md Tom will drive for us in two vehicles during 
jur trip. They prove to be invaluable as they speak 
French and the local dialect and are wise in the 
ways of getting things done in Airica. All of us 
ire white. 

Tonight I awake to the sounds of a 100 or so 
Africans gathering in the compound. They are 
singing Christmas carols in French, accompanied 
by African drums. It is hauntingly beautiful and 
[ peer out the window to see the Africans joyously 
celebrating the birth of Christ. Yes, aU around 
them is the drought and threat of famine. The 
nusic is spellbinding and the powerful, beautiful 
rhythms soon put me to sleep. My first day in 
Africa has been a long one. 

December 25, 1973 

Christmas day. I film a number of Africans 
aeing baptized behind the church. It is a moving 
sight as I peer through the camera's viewfinder 
ind see the black bodies surge up from the bap- 
Ismal waters, their faces aglow, water spilling 
iown their bodies, while their friends watch and 
joyously sing. Then we walk to the local market. 

It is a sprawling square in the center of town. 
Everything imaginable is sold: food, bicycles, buDd- 
ing materials, clothes, fabrics, chickens, etc. 

We are immediately surrounded by interested 
observers. My camera and tripod draw most of 
the attention from the children. Bill moves away 
from me with the tape recorder and I manage to 
film some representative scenes of market ac- 
tivities even with the cluster of people around 
me. The fact that I am white doesn't seem to pre- 
sent any problems in this area and when I smile 
or wink at the youngsters they quickly return 
my smile and step a little closer to watch me 

The chatter, music, smells, and blaze of color 
in the garments worn by the women is almost too 
much for me. Every place I turn there is an un- 
forgettable, beautiful black face, a muscular arm 
cutting up goat meat, or a wide expanse of mag- 
nificent teeth grinning at me. It is a cameraman's 

Walking back to the compound, I ask the mis- 
sionaries why there is so much food available, as 
we are told that people are dying. Some of the 
food is grown locally, it is explained, and the rest 
is shipped in from the south, where the drought 
has not affected crops or produce. A scant 50 or 
60 miles away people are in desperate conditions. 

This afternoon I fUm an old truck entering the 
compound loaded with millet. MUlet is the staple 
of the African diet and is what the WRC is pur- 
chasing- for distribution to the needy. It is one of 
the main crops in the eight countries affected by 
the drought. The crop failure is due to the lack 
of rainfall. I fUm a loading sequence and money 
being exchanged between the missionaries and 
the local grain merchant, resplendant in dark suit, 
hat, and tie. He is perspiring heavily in the 80 
degree heat but the missionaries explain that when 
he heard he was to be in a movie he wore his best 

(To be continued in forthconning 

issue of 

(John Holmstrom's African Diary ap- 
peared in DETROIT, the Sunday Edition of 
the Detroit Free Press, July lU, 197U.) 

Page Eighteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 




Let's call them the Jones family, they own a 
recreational vehicle which they use quite often 
over a week-end. They may leave Saturday after- 
noon and come home again Sunday after a night 
of camping. Let's call another family the Miller's, 
they also own a recreational vehicle but they leave 
home on Friday afternoon and come home Sunday, 
late. The Jones family may camp once a month, 
but the Miller's camp out every week, never miss. 

These two families represent thousands and 
thousands of families across the United States and 
they all have one thing in common — they seldom 
drive to any town on Sunday morning for a service 
of worship. It is too much of a hassle to get all 
"dressed up" for "ohuroh" after a time of "rough- 
ing it." 

Of course there are exceptions but they are not 
enough to count. 

The attitude of those who do not engage in such 
activities is often one of scorn or dismay as leader- 
ship positions are often represented by those who 
camp. The church often considers the campers 
as sinful materialists and laments their absence 
from the worship services in representative form 
from the pulpit. 

Obviously it is to be lamented that large num- 
bers of people are missing from the morning and 
evening services along with their financial sup- 
port. But the question is "what shall we do to 
reach these people?" not "why aren't these people 
staying home to attend the services?' Summer 
camps report, at least in some cases, their biggest 
summer, 1974. People are not traveling as far to 
camp but they are camping. Trying to make these 
campers feel guilty is not going to keep them at 
home. Because the pastor cries out against such 
"materialism" the campers are not going to sell 
their rigs. 

One answer is to go Where the people are. The 
New Testament encourages this kind of activity 
for the body of believers. After about 8 years of 
summer trailer camp ministry it is my conviction 
that people must be reached with worship services 
at the camps. It is useless for a community of 
believers to smugly say "they know our church 

is here, let them co-me to us." It may ease the 
consciences of the congregations but it wiU not be 
reaching masses of people. Campers wiU attend 
worship services and seriously worship when the 
opportunity comes to them at their camps. Of 
course there are many who wiU not attend at camp 
as well as at home, but we must minister to the 
many who sincerely want to be in a company of 
believers on Sunday morning. The argument that 
we only condone their "running around" is legiti- 
mate to a point but it stUl does not provide wor- 
ship services for the campers nor does it bring 
them back to the churches from which they are 

What's a congregation to do? You can discuss 
and discover the attitudes of the people towards 
camping and campers. Discuss what you feel tol 
be the responsibility of your congregation tol 
groups of people who may be in camps near you.i 
If the attitude is favorable generally toward pro- 
viding worship services at the camps rather than 
waiting for people to come to you, then approach 
the camp management to see what the possibilities 
are. Don't hesitate to make the approach for camp 
managers are generally favorable to such ser- 
vices. And even though to them it might be only 
good "business practice" to hold such services to 
make campers "happy", on the part of the man- 
agement, take the opportunity anj^way. Look at 
the opening as an opportunity to tell the truth 
about Jesus. Take it, go to the people. 

Well the Jonses and the Millers are going to 
continue camping regardless of the "feel guilty" 
tactics employed by or at least expressed by local 
congregations. Campers are open to worship ex- 
periences provided for them. Look for camps in 
your area and discover the opportunities to pro- 
claim Christ in those camps. Let the congregation 
assess its potential talent and let the congregation 
reach out on the Lord's Day even if some may 
have to miss the service of worship in the local 
church for a Sunday. Let's take the "go" of the 
Gospel seriously and reach the countless num,bers 
of week-end campers. 

— ^Charles Munson 

February 8, 1975 

Page Nineteen 


by J. Perry Deeter 

Inspirational for March 

Gaining Endurance Through Trials 

James 1:2-15 

The first chapter of James has a very important 
message for those of us who have problems, which 
includes all of us, of course. Every human being 
on earth has trials and tribulations that overtake 
them from time to time. This includes the Chi-is- 
tian as weU as the non-Christian. However, the 
Christian has a definite advantage, because he has 
the power of Christ, through the mdwelling Holy 
Spirit, to help liiim endure any hardships that 
come his way. 

In verse 2, James tells us to "consider it all joy" 
when troulble comes our way. At first glance, this 
iseems like an impossibility. How in the world 
can we be joyful over hardships? We must look 
beyond the surface and come to realize that God 
is using trouble to bring about His purpose in, 
for, or through us. It could ibe that God is using 
trials to bring some sin to our attention, so that 
we might repent, ask for forgiveness, and turn 
away from this sin. This is not to say, however, 
that troubles do not come to those who are not 
■deliberately doing wrong. 

We must remember that God is in control of all 
things. Does this mean that when something goes 
wrong, God causes it? Not necessarily, but He 
does either cause it or allows it to happen, be- 
cause He has a purpose for every trial or tribula- 
tion in our life. 

Verse 3 tells us that our patience or endurance 
'grows through the testing of our faith. You might 
ask "what kind of blessing is this — ^being sent 
trials to give us the albUity to endure more trials"? 
We must realize, however, that we need our en- 
durance built up so that we can better face de- 
mands put upon us in our jobs, the difficult task 
of rearing our children, church work, and many 
other areas of our life. 

When trouble comes, it is just human nature 
jfor VIS to wish that God might change the circum- 

stances to suit us. However, God's method is to 
change us to suit our circumstances. Hebrews 
13:21 teUs us that He wUl "make you perfect in 
every good work to do His will." When adverse 
conditions do beset us, we must make the best of 
things. Sometimes adversity may be a blessing in 
disguise. A quotation that I came across recently 
puts it very aptly. "When the world gives you 
lemons, make lemonade." As we grow in our 
Christian lives, we should become more and more 
able to make the most of any troubles that come 
upon us. We should even come to the place where 
we are able to thank God for the "lemons". 

Maybe we sometimes lack the wisdom we need 
to see us through our hardships. We are told in 
verses 5 and 6 that God will give us this necessary 
wisdom, if we will ask "in faith, nothing waver- 
ing". Asking in faith means that we expect God 
to provide this much needed wisdom. If we have 
doubt about receiving that lor which we ask, 
we are likened unto "a wave of the sea, driven 
with the wind and tossed", (v. 6) A person who 
doubts is "a double-minded man, unstable in all 
his ways", (v. 8) 

Romans 10:17 teUs us "So then faith cometh by 
hearing, and hearing by the word of God." This 
means that by studying God's word, our faith 
shoud grow, and our doubts should fade away. 
A Christian's faitfh should also grow through ex- 
perience — ^not only his own, but that of other 
Christians. As we experience God's help in our 
own Uves, and in the lives of others, we will be 
alble to depend on Him more and more, without 
any doubting. 

Verses 9-11 teU us how ye are to accept material 
circumstances. If we are poor, we are to glory 
in our high position, (v. 9) This seems rather 
difficult at times, but we must remember that 
even if a Christian is poor, he has God, which is 
everything that matters most. I beUeve it was 
Continued on page 23 

Page Twenty 

The Brethren Evangfelisl 


by Mrs. Pat Ritchey 



Section 3 

Ephesians 4 & 3 

So many times during our days of school and 
other group contacts we deal with the questions 
of 'Shall I be Honest?', or 'Shall I ibe Dishonest?'. 
To bring it down to a closer real life involvement, 
you and I struggle nearly constantly with 'Who 
is the real me?'. Who am I supposed to be? Is 
there a pattern for my life? Do I become a differ- 
ent person to meet each of life's issues in which 
I am involved? Do I dare stand up for what I 
feel is true and right inside? What about others, 
are they weighing each situation and putting dif- 
ferent values to work each time they deal with 
problems like these? Can I be consistent in my 
approach to life? 

It seems as though the questions that come to 
mind could be endless. Yet they are real questions 
that plague real people like you and me. Not only 
are they real, but they are not funny at all. They 
are very serious questions. In fact, they are so 
serious that I wUl not suppose that I am sufficient 
to answer them for you. As a matter of fact, I'm 
really more interested in answering my own ques- 
tions for .myself, then I am in trying to tell you 
what is right for your life or what you should 
do about it. 

What really thrills me is that I feel that I have 
found the answer to my questions right in God's 
word. And since I am so satisfied with the way 
pod has answered my questions, I'd like to share 
with you that portion of scripture which has helped 
me so much. 

(Leader's Note: Keep your group together, to- 
day. If you have the Living Bible, it would be good 
to read the scriptures from it, this time, since 
the emphasis of the scriptures is so readUy under- 
stood. "T'liis meeting will consist of Bible reading 
and discussion about certain areas of thought. 
There will be a period of self-examination and 
prayer at the end of the discussion. Your main 

job will be to keep the discussion centered on the 
topic, and keep the program moving along as 
the Holy Spirit seems to lead you.) 

Section 1 As a Ohristian, who am I, where do 
I fit into God's pattern for Ufe? What are my: 
responsibilities ? 

Read Ephesians 4:4-7 and 4:12-13 

Discuss within the group what the Bible says 
about the questions above. Reread the scriptures' 
to assist in understanding them. 

Section 2 How does being God's Child create, 
in me a desire to seek honesty in my life? 

Read Ephesians 5:15-16 and 4:21-23 

Discuss again what the Bible says in relatioiDi 
to this second area of thought. Reread the Bible' 
passages to help those who may not have a Biblel. 
in front of them to get the depth of meaning. 

Section 3 What areas of my life wUl this atti- 
tude of honesty affect? 

Read Ephesians 4:25 and 28 

Discuss this area of thought among the group,i 
using the Bible passages as a basis of discussionj^ 

Section 4 If God requires me to straighten up 
my life, what am I allowed to do? What activities' 
should I engage in that would keep me li'ving Hisi 
kmd of life? 

Read Ephesians 5:8-9; 5:15-16; 5:19-20; Alsa 
Ephesians 4:25 and 28 

Give an Ulustration from your life or an exani< 
pie yo'U have seen, in which a harmful situation; 
could have been avaided tf the truth had been 

Give an illustration from your own Ufe in which) 
you know you stood for what was honest and true 
and God honored you for it. 

Close your discussion time with a period ol 
meditation. Each head bowed and all eyes closedi 
Concentrate on your own Mfe. How does it measure 
up to God's standard? If you fall short of theiil 
mark, it's time to be HONEST with God! TeUj 
Him so; He's waiting for you to confess it to Himj|l 
As you confess your weaknesses and faults to Him;! i 
you wUl find His strength filhng you. 

Now as you join your hearts together in prayer, 
be sure to thank God for His goodness and for-j 
giveness to you. 

February 8, 1975 

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by Mrs. Pauline Benshoff 

The Living Christ 


Death to Life 

Isn't it a paradox that I should be putting this 
lesson together on Christmas Day? Jesus came 
las a babe on that first Christmas to become "flesh" 
land dwell among us. But He came to die, and to 
be raised from the dead to reveal to the world 
ithat He truly is God. As I sit here meditating I 
jam all excited inside to be able to look again for 
His coming. He lives! The great meaning of the 
resurrection of Christ to Christians is that it 
'guarantees our own resurrection. Praise the Lord! 
Ilsn't He wonderful, that He should care for us 
(enough to die for us, and to top it all off, rise 
from the dead to go to the Father and prepare a 
place for us as promised in John 14. Oh yes, He's 
alive alright! "God said it, I 'believe it, that settles 
it!" Amen. Say, wouldn't it be great if He decided 
to come back again on Christmas, to snatch us 
out of this world to reign, with Him? Oh joy! 
Maybe it will be today! Keep watching, because 
He is coming again. 

For our scripture lesson would you read respon- 
.sively with me? iLet's read from Luke 24:1-47. 
This is the resurrection story and we need to re- 
read it m.any times during the year to learn ex- 
actly what happened that Easter morning. Has He 
appeared to you anytime that you weren't aware 
of Him? Do you believe this story? Why should 
you believe it? 

iPrayer Time — ^Choose several girls ahead of time 
'to lead in prayer for this meeting. 

Poem & Song Time — Sing, He Lives 
First Reader: 
I win sing of my Redeemer, 
And His wondrous love to me; 
On the cruel Cross He suffered 
From the curse to set me free. 
I will sing of my Redeemer 
And His heavenly love to me; 
He from death to life hath 'brought me, 
Son of Ood, with Hiim to toe. 

P. P. Bliss 

Sing — ^Christ the Lord is Risen Today 
Second Reader: 
Oh shout the news to all the earth 
The joyous news the angel gives; 
Let all proclaim the matchless worth 
Of Christ the Lord, for now He lives. 
Oh tell the story o'er and o'er. 
The story of the Living Word, 
That men may worship and adore 
The Christ, the ever-living Lord. 
Oh praise the mighty Conqueror 
Victorious over death and hell, 
The King of Life for evermore; 
Let heaven and earth His glories tell. 
Christ is risen! Swell the strain! 
Christ is risen, evermore to reign! 

Duet — One Day 
Third Reader: 

The strife is o'er, the battle done; 

The victory of life is won. 

The song of triumph has begun, Alleluia. 

The powers of death have done their worst; 

But Christ their legions hath dispersed 

Let shouts of holy joy outburst. Alleluia! 
Chorus: Alleluia (The Gaither tune) 

Topic 1.— If Christ Be Not Raised 

In I Corinthians 15, we find Paul, as the Lord's 
messenger, preaching. He testifies that he re- 
ceived his revelation from the Lord, not from 
men. He is saying, 'I didn't dream, up this story. 
The Lord has told me that Christ died for our 
sins, not His own, and that according to the scrip- 
tures." Christ's sufferings and His death were 
told way iback in the Old Testament in Psalm 22 
and Isaiah 53. iMore than this, if the Corinthians 
believed that Christ rose from the dead, how could 
they also say that 'there was no resurrection of the 
dead, ilf 'Christ be not raised, your faith is without 
foundation, empty and worthless; and there isn't 
(continued on next page) 


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any forgiveness ol sins. To deny the resurrection 
of the dead is to deny the Lord's resurrection. 
Have you encountered such a teaching in this day 
and age? What do you believe? Let's get it all 
together now. Christ died, He arose and is at the 
right hand of the Father interceding for us until 
the day He comes for us to take us home to heaven 
with Him. BeHeve the truth of the Lord, not the 
ideas and logic of men! 

Topic 2: Be Alive! 

I have great joy in growing plants. But you 
know my plants can teach me an amazing truth. 
First of all, I prepare the soil, by breaking up the 
large lumps of earth so the ground wall hug in 
around the plant enough to help it stand erect. I 
also water it regularly, feed it and keep it where 
the sunlight can get to it, then it stays alive. I 
even talk to them sometimes (when I'm alone, of 
course,). But they grow and grow. These plants 
could also represent our lives. Are you properly 
caring for your spiritual life? Are you reading the 
Word and eating of it regularly to stay alive? Are 
you attending Church regxilarly? You see the 
warm earth that helps to hold my plants erect 
can be characterized by the warmth of fellowship 
you enjoy with other believers who uphold you 
in prayer to keep your life straightened out and 

growing. Your prayer times are as valuable to you 
as the sun is to my plants. You need God's pres- 
ence with you so that the beauty of your life in 
Him can be seen by others. Something wonderful 
can happen to you when you pray with praise 
and expectancy. Expect a miracle every day, ex- 
pect a miracle when you pray. If you expect it God 
wiU find a way, to perform a miracle for you each 
day. Come Alive! 
Closing Chorus — ^Let The Beauty of Jesus 

Be Seen in Me. 
SMM Benediction — 
Business — 

Refreshments — (While your hostess is busy with I 
refreshments, why not create a shadowbox? 
Use any size box you want to bring. Shoe boxes 
are nice. Cut a heart-shaped opening in the. 
bottom of a shoe box (with lid in place) . Make ■ 
tomb and tree from construction paper. Make' 
figures from chenille wire and dress them in: 
construction paper clothes. With a felt-tip | 
marker, print on the box, "The Empty Tomb I 
Fills My Heart With Joy! Use glue or day toi 
stand up your figures. Paste the tomb scene i 
in the lid as background for the figures. Make i 
this a joyous Easter.) 

a book review 

With the great interest and emphasis today on 
churcfh growth we are seeing a lengthening catalog 
of books on or related to the subject and a re- 
printing of older titles. 

"The Emerging Church" was first printed in 
1970 and reprinted as a paperback in 1972. The 
authors claim the book will self-destruct by 1980 
since the answers it presents would be outmoded 
by that date. 

With that introduction the reader can under- 
stand this book is not a (Biblical commentary, rest- 
ing on unchanging truths, but rather "today" 
ideas and suggestions for strategies based on 
understandings in the '70's. The authors, Bruce 
Larson and Ralph Osborne reach into their own 
current experiences and that of their friends to 
present "new" ideas, which will be "old" within 
a few years. Their emphasis is not on tradition nor 
renewal but rather on "emerging" that is the 
Church in the process of "becoming" — ^moving 
toward a fulfillment of its c allin g 

Sections in the book deal with: defining goals, i 
discovering resources, developring strategy, dis- 1 
oerning opportunities and dreaming dreams with 1; 
guidelines for evaluation as an appendix. 

Challenging reading for the concerned laymen 
as well as the pastor, this Word Book is available 
in paperback for $1.25 from the Brethren Book- 
store as well as other Christian Bookstores. 
The Bookworm 

ebruary 8, 1975 

Page Twenty-three 

(Layman's Inspirational 
Continued from page 19) 
klbraham Lincoln who was credited with the quo- 
ation that "God must have loved poor people, 
ecause He made so many of them." Even if your 
rorldly circumstances are humble, it won't make 
, bit of difference a hundred years from now, or 
aaybe a lot sooner. But it will make all the differ- 
nce in the world whether or not you are a child 
'f God, through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. 

On the other hand, if you are a Christian who 
las a great deed of material wealth, you must 
ecognize that no matter how much you have, you 
an't take it with you into eternity. Wealth withers 
:way, as the grass does under the hot sun. (v. 11) 
Jut because of his trust in God, the wealthy Chris- 
ian can rejoice in humiliation, being confident 
if his personal salvation through Christ. 

Some of our trials are, no doubt, temptations to 
b wrong. Verve 12 says "Blessed is the man 
hat endureth temptation, for when he is tried, 
le shall receive the crown of life." Remember, it 
s no sin to toe tempted, but the sin lies in yielding 
o temptation. There is a proverb, "You can't keep 
he birds from flying over your head, but you 
lon't have to let them nest in your hair." You 
annot say "I am tempted by God", because these 
'erses tell us that it is not God who tempts us, 
mt our own sinful impulses, or lust. God does not 
empt us, but He allows us to be tempted. How- 
ever, He also provides the way of escape, that 
^ou may be able to endure it. (I Cor. 10:13) As 
"ou resist one temptation alter the other, you 
vill become better able to resist future temp- 

By applying these truths from these verses of 
he first chapter of James, I believe that we can 
)ecome better able to "Uve the good Ufe" that 
lur Father in Heaven wants us to Uve. 


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VOODSY OWL, the anti-poUution spokesbird for 
he U.S. Forest Service says: 

letum nutrients to the soil. Start a compwDst pile 
vith leaves and grass cUppings. 

"How far must suffering and misery go toefore 

ve see that even in the day of vast cities and 

)awerful machines, the good earth is our mother 

md that if we destroy her, we destroy ourseilves?' 

Paul Bigelow Sears 




We just can't depend on the other guy to t^eep our 
outdoors beautiful. Its up to each and every one of 
us to prevent sight pollution and to make America a 
better place to live. For ways you can help, send for 
Woodsy Owl's anti-pollution poster. It's yours free 
when you write Woodsy Owl, Forest Service, U. S. D A., 
Washington. DC. 20250, 

And remember, give a hoot, don't pollute. 
Don't be a dirty bird, no matter where you go. 


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"A Search For Truth" an autobiography by 
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book of many of the incidents of this man whose 
love of the Brethren Church has been exemplified 
in many places of a geographical nature, in many 
phases of participation in church activities, pas- 
toral and a host of others. 

This book was printed as a memorial volume 
In a limited edition by the Ronk family and the 
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LIBERTY— We still have plenty left 
Let's not do anything foolish and lose it. 

In a free and republican government, you cai 
not restrain the voice of the multitude. 

George Washington 

February 22, 1975 

Page Three 


By the Way 



Upon waking this morning and seeing all 
the windows resembling glass in the shower 
Miclosure, the first impulse was to run down and 
look at the outside thermometer. Getting dressed 
Eirst and going down to breakfast and glancing 
>ut past a patch of ice on the dinette window at 
the temperature gauge, the reading of 6 below 
?;ero confirmed that it was really cold outside and 
that if we want to go along with the groundhog 
story, he must have been backed up just as far 
is he could go in his burrow. 

It also brought to mind that even with the im- 
pending energy crisis casting a shadow over 
society, we can stiU wash our face in the morning 
ivithout having to resort to breaking the ice in 
Ae wash basin or water pitcher first. (In case 
?ome don't recall what that chore entailed, it was 
lecessary back in w'hat is sometimes called "the 
jood ole days".) 

Of course, back in those days they didn't have 
die discomfort of having to switch off the electric 
Dlanket and dimb out of a nice, warm, inner- 
spring mattressed bed onto a pretty cool shag 
nug bedroom floor. (We won't even make it worse 
3y recaUing how nice it was in the days long 

Sometime ago, a very popular program on TV 
itilized a facimile of a duck which came down 
irom the ceiling area with a card in its biU upon 
A/hich was written the "secret word". If one of 
;he contestants happened to mention this secret 
vord while being questioned by the M.C., he or 
she received a bonus prize. 

Perhaps the secret word pertaining to the sufo- 
ect of coldness might well be insulation. This is 
lie protection used against frigid weather whether 
it be in clothing, or in building construction. 

There is another area of coldness though that 
;annot 'be so easily dealt with by the use of in- 
sulation or just turning up a simple gadget called 
i thermostat. This is the area that instead of being 
iefined as frigidity which brings on chiUs, shiver- 
ng, and chattering of teeth can well ibe defined as 
ndifference, unfeeling, unsociability, unfriendli- 
less and heartlessness. 

Even a church edifice built with all the modern 
echnical know-how of utilizing the utmost in 
hsulating materials can be referred to as a cold 
Aurch. The latter definitions of coldness can be 
likened to the missing sections of weatherstrip- 
:>ing or insulation. 

There is much being said and done albout 
3EUR(3H GROWTH throughout the Brethren 
iienomination for the year 1975. This growth of 

course is not primarily focused upon numericiil 
growth although it is a factor. More important if 
not most important is SPIRITUAL GROWTH. 
We can talk and study all that is humanly pos- 
sible about the problems of growth, reasons, foun- 
dations, principles and possibihties for growth but 
let us simply say we are going to start out by 
inviting that soul out in the cold to come in and 
get warm by the fireside. Pray that the results will 
be the opposite of that in the poem by James 
Patric Kinney entitled WHAT CAN WE DO 
ABOUT THE COLD WITHIN published in the 
January issue of the Ardmore Brethren News: 

Six humans trapped by happenstance 

In bleak and bitter cold. 
Each one possessed a stick of wood 

or so the story's told. 

Their dying fire in need of logs 

The first man held his back 
For of the faces around the fire 

He noticed one was black. 

The next man looking cross the way 

Saw one not of his church 
And couldn't bring himself to give 

The fire his stick of ibirch. 

The third one sat in tattered clothes. 

He gave his cloths a hitch. 
Why should his log be put to use 

to warm the idle rich? 

The rich man just sat Iback and thought 
of the wealth he had in store. 

And how to keep what he had earned 
From the lazy shiftless poor. 

The iblack man's face bespoke revenge 
As the fire passed from sight. 

For all he saw in his stick of wood 
Was a chance to spite the white. 

The last man of tMs forlorn group 

Did nought except for gain. 
Giving only to those fwho gave 

Was how he played the game. 

Their logs held tight in death's still hands 

Was proof of human sin. 
They didn't die from the cold without 

They died from the cold within. 

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Each year Brethren World Missions grow in 
strength where they presently are located and 
reach out into new areas. Until the end of 1969 
the Brethren had two overseas fields, then be- 
ginning with the opening in India and until Jan- 
uary 1975, in just five years, the Brethren are 
at work in five countries. With five missionary 
families in 1969 the Brethren are now supporting 
nine families with others in training. Statistically 
speaking, over 1007r increase in fields and almost 
100% increase in missionary families on the field 
in five years. 

Financially this has meant a great outlay of 
funds during the five years. Each new field or 
area is costly to set up, more missionaries mean 
more need for support and larger programs for 
outreach mean increased financial responsibility. 
Not withstanding the economic situation and the 
actuality of other denominational mission boards 
retrenching rather than reaching out, the Brethren 
have indicated their interest in church extension 
in the United States and mission extension over- 

seas. The Missionary Board of the Brethrei 
Church has responded in faith to this indicatioi 
from the denomination. 

1975 has brought with it an enlarged budge 
for the Missionary Board. If we are to maintaii 
this world outreach $275,000 is needed for Brethrei 
World Missions. If every Brethren would assis 
the goal could be easily met. March is the montl 
indicated for World Missionary emphasis. Whj 
don't you make a prayerful puledge for 1975. You; 
offering can be given through your local churcl 
as a part of their budgeted mission giving, it car 
be given through your local church designated a; 
over and above the local mission budget or it eai 
be sent to the Missionary Board of the Brethrei 
Church, 530 CoUege Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805 
If your offering is sent direct but you wish 1 
credited to a local congregation, please so indlcata 
on your check. 

Remember, together, each one doing his pjirt 
we can accomplish the 'task the Lord has given u* 
to reach the unreached. 

February 22, 1975 

Page Five 


Our newest Brethren Missionary, K. Vijaya 
Humar has returned to his homeland to open a 
lew area for Brethren Missions. His brother 
Prasantha Kumar has been working in India since 
1970, using the city of Rajahmundry as his base. 
Nfow Vijay will be working out of the city of 
v/'isakhapatnam to begin new congregations and 
aew work in this area. 

His salary is being given by the Loree, Indiana 
Brethren Church who are also assisting with 
support of the program operated by this young 
Tian. Your suppoirt to completely cover this new 

Vijatja Kumar ivith his new car 

outreach in India is needed. Prayer is also needed 
for guidance in this outreach as well as for Vijay's 
adjustment. He has been having some problems 
with food, climate and a general reverse cultural 
shock, similar to that experienced by many oi 
our missionaries when they return to the United 
States. Pray that the Lord might use this new 

Prasanth reports that Vijay was presented to 
the members of the Brethren Mission in a public 
meeting upon his arrival in India. Later the broth- 
ers attended the Evangelical Fellowship of India 
Annual Conference where Vijay w2ls introduced 
to a number of evangelical leaders. Vijay has also 
been visiting the various congregations that make 
up the Brethren Mission in India. He has obtained 
a car for transportation on the field and plans have 
been laid for him to assist in the Bible Institute 
of the Brethren Mission. 

The General Secretary of the Missionary Board, 
Rev. M. Virgil Ingraham is presently in India and 
Malaysia on an administrative visit to work with 
our missionaries in organizing these two new 
thrusts. He will be returning to the United States 
on March 3rd and your prayers are requested for 

If you would like to share with Vijay that you 
are praying for him, write: 

49-27-15 Madhuranagar 

K. Vijaya Kumar 

Vizag - 4 (A.P.) 



In a Christmas letter, Prasantha Kumar gave 

he 'following statistios for India. 

Total Membership 637 

Preaching Points 42 

Total trained in Bible Institute 40 

Boys in orphanage 25 

Clinic in Rajahmundry dally 

serves those in need 300 

Total patients (2 years) 18,882 

Annual conference attendance 2„000 

Decisions at annual conference 32 

Remember the work and the workers in your 

>rayers. Major problems are inflation, drought 

uid famine. Pray for the physical food distributed 

md the spiritual food presented. 


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From "Translation Treasurers" used by 
permission of Wycliffe Bible Translators, 

Bible translators can't be too alert as they seek 
the best word in a tribal language for a concept 
of Scripture. Cameron Townsend, the founder of 
the Wycliffe Bible Translators, points out that 
English utilizes only about 50 of the 300 articula- 
tions used in all languages. He recalls discovering 
that "only a click distinguishes between the word 
for Savior and the word for deceiver in the 
Cakchiquel language of Guatemala. It took my 
untrained ear and voice five years to distinguish 
between them." 

A translator, seeking to understand the tonal 
language of one of Mexico's Mixteco Indian dia- 
lects, found that the same word is used for "I am 
Laughing" and "I am crying." The final syllable 
makes the difference, though they look identical 

Nigerians rising the loooden keyboards 

designed by Larry Baling er to assist 

in learning to type. 


when written except that the word used for "I 
am laughing" ends on a high tone and the word 
for "I am crying" has a low tone on that final 

His colleague, working in a dialect of the Maza- 
teco language, found that a syllable made an 
essential difference in the translation of the 
"wash" from Rev. 1:5: Christ ". . . washed us 
from our sins." He first tried the word 
"tsacanejon." However, this merely meant wash- 
ing the surface of something and gave the idea to 
the Mazateco that Christ washed only the outside 
of believers. After further study he substituted 
the suffix "ya," meaning "on the inside," for 
"jon." With "tsacaneya" for wash, the phrase read, 
Christ ". . . washed us on the inside for our sins." 

Navajo Indians are no different from the rest 
of us. They too have cares and anxieties. Thai 
word to describe such troubles, when translated 
back into English from the Navajo language, in-[ 
dicates that which prickles and irritates, like a 
pin sticking into the flesh. So translator Faye 
Edgerton rendered Christ's promise in I Peter 
5:7 to read, "The things that are continually}!; 
sticking into you, turn them over to me, for I 
am caring about you." 

Pray for our missionaries, the Jerry/, 
Grieves who are translating the Neiv Testari 
ment into Kilba under the Wycliffe Trans- ' 
lators. Also for the work of Lit-Lit whicki 
is still being carried on under the supervision 
of John Guli, a Nigenan pastor trained under, 
Larry Bolinger. • 

' Pray also for the Richard Winfields who 
by the time you read this, will have returned 
to Nigeria to continue their work at Kulp 
Bible School. 

Nigeria is truly an emerging nation and 
we should pray that the Christian influence 
provided through Christian missions might 
always be a part of this important nation. 

February 22, 197C 

Page Seven 



David and Jenny Loi 

We spent aibout two weeks to visit all the homes 
it Lorong Delima Dua Belas and we revisited 
KOTie of them who were more interested in Jesus 

Mr. Lin 'Gedk Khoon is a foon four (11th grader) 
jtudent Who welcomed us to his home. He was 
;he only one at home during the day. His father 
:S a driving instimotor. All his family members are 
doil worshippers. When we told him about the 
jospel, we co'uld tell from his reaction that he was 
struggling to accept Christ as his Savior. But he 
feared his parents' dbjection and he said he does 
not want to be the odd one in his family. We know 
liat it is not easy for him to go against his par- 
ents by accepting Jesus Christ. Please pray for 
lim struggling to accept Christ as his Savior and 
ilso his family. 

There was an Indian ifamily who was interested 
>n learning aibout Christ. We spent over half hour 
talking to them aibout the gospel. But later we 
found out they were Muslims, so we dare not set 
>ur foot on that house again as it is illegal to 
preach to the Muslims. But we pray and hope 
that the Holy Spirit will work among them. 

Madam Hoo Geok Chi is a Buddhist. She is a 
busy businesswoman. Wiien she was free, she 
came to our place. She is eager to know about 
the Christianity. We gave her a gospel of John 
in Chinese edition and ask her to read it. Hoping 
that she wiU mind the business of her soul. 

Miss Soo Hoo Lai Peng has finished the high 
school education and is now tutoring some stu- 
dents. She did not know much about the gospel 
and she is anxious to know what it is. But all her 
family members are idol worshippers. Her parents 
are the fish vendors and we bought fish from 
them a couple of times. That was why her parents 
welcomed us to their home to talk about Christ. 
Too bad, her parents were busy all the time when 
we were there. So we just shared the gospel with 
her and her brother and left some tracts for her 
parents to read. 

Miss Ah Hwa was working at 3R along Lorong 
Delima 12 when we visited the home. She never 
heard the gospel before. She welcomed us to the 
house and we talked about Christ even though 
she was busy doing the house work. It seems that 
she likes us to be her friends because she was 
friendly to us one evening while we were on our 
way hom from shopping. We gave her the gospel 
of John during the second visit and ask her to 
read it whenever she has time. She seems to be 
very keen to know more about Christianity. We 
hope to visit her home some time. 

Some of the others are also interested. We shall 
visit them again and hope they will know a bit 
more about Christianity — our true living God and 
our Savior Jesus Christ. 

This afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Goh Kim Chuan 
of Penang Presbyterian Church and I (David) 
went to have a gosj)el meeting at the prison. A few 
ministers and laymen started the meetings in 
pi'ison since June 1973. There were about 50 people 
at the meeting. I praised the Lord that the Malay- 
sian government allowed this kind of meeting to 
be held in prison. Jenny did not go because women 
aren't alowed to visit the prison. 

Encourage David and Jenny ivith a letter. 


David Loi 

2X Lorong Delima Dua Belas 

Island Glades, Penang 


Page Eight 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Under the sponsorship of the Eden Bible Insti- 
tute, last July we had our first Lay Winter Insti- 
tute, primarily for High School and University 
students. We had this full week of classes and 
fellowship on the Institute campus. 

Our classes were divided into two main sulbjects. 
First, Training in Evangelism, with Dr. Azzati 
and members of the Campus Crusade Staff in 
Argentina. (See pictures of one of those classes). 


Second we had the class for future Summer Camp \ 
Leaders, with a layman from the Plymouth Breth- 
ren group, Mr. Fausto Re. Our attendance was 45, 
which we felt was tremendous for something that 
has never been done before. But we expect this 
to be the first of many to come. The young people 
were thrilled with the classes and did not want to 
leave when closing time came. 

We felt that our church needed to have better 
prepared leaders for our future camps, and this 
was a beginning to God's answer to that problem. 
Several older students came, those either at the 
University level or students from the Eden Bible 
Institute and we felt that the purpose Wcis 
achieved. This very next summer several of them 
will be working as assistants to more experienced 
people, but they are on their way to becoming 
leaders themselves. 

The course for Training Evangelism, was also 
a success. Each one of those attending, learned 
how to use the four spiritual laws, how to share 
them and how to foUow up the results. Not only 
theory, but every afternoon they went out and 
practiced what they had learned. As a result of ' 
this work, both the church in Soldini, and the 
new church in Zavalla, benefitted from the con- 
tacts that were made during those days. Also, the 
reports from those churches Where we had repre- 
sentatives are very encouraging and all the young 
people are being challenged for this kind of work. 

As a consequence of this success, under the 
'Sponsorship of the Eden Bible Institute, two of" 
our Pastors, brother Juan Arregin and his wife i 
and pastor Armando Ortiz and his wife, went to ! 
the Campus Crusade center, to learn how to train i| 
others in these courses, and now we know that we 
will (be able to share with that many more as they ; 
go to our churches. 

Next winter, (July) we are planning to have 
another of these Institutes, not only because we 
want them, but because our young people are 
asking for them. 

'ebruary 22, 1975 


Page Nine 


By the time you read this, the members of the 
Work and Worship Tour (sponsored by the Na- 
tional Brethren Laymen's Organization) will al- 
ready have returned to the United States from 
Colombia and Argentina, South America. A good 
group of Brethren will have much to tell concern- 
ing their visit to these two Brethren Mission 

During the time on the fields they will have 
participated in a number of worship services, 
given their personal witness in many opportun- 
ities and assisted in a number of work projects 
at the Eden Bible Institute in Argentina. 

The picture shows the members as they left the 
Miami Airport early on January 25th. Dr. J. D. 
Hamel on the left, was there to see them off and 
the picture was taken by Rev. Russell Gordon, 
another meKiber of the Missionary Board who 
acconapanied Dr. Hamel for the farewell. 

In the coming issues of the BRETHREN 
EVANGELIST we hope to share some of the ex- 
periences of this group. Watch for them! 

Members of the Work and Worship Tour 


Mark and Chantal Logan 

The Mark Logans, who went to Argentina as 
short term missionaries but stayed a full term 
before returning to the United States, have agreed 
ito go now to Colombia to assist the Solomons in 
bhis new field. They wiU 'be leaving as soon as 
all arrangements can be made. 

Mark is an eleotronic technician and served in 
the radio work in Argentina until the arrival of 
Bill Winter. He wiU be working with Ken Solomon 
im the develoipm.ent of an outdoor evangelistic out- 
reach with equipment simUar to the mobile evem- 
gelistic equipment used in Argentina. 

The Missionary Board has accepted the challenge 
for this new thrust in Colombia by asking the 
Logans to go to Colo'mbia. The Brethren aire asked 
to give for the equipment that wiU be needed. 

Candidates always need your prayer support. 
Remem/ber not only the Logans but also the 
WiEiam Walks in missionary training in Michigan 
for future service in Latin America. 

Bill and Sharon Walk with Steven 

Page Ten 


M'mitltii i» St. Pifirtiifg. flttHi 

fhil & Uii> Ltttth 
Btttit Mi'tti 


One of the pleasures of living in Florida is that 
you get to see a lot of friends from time to time, 
particularly When the "caravans" head south in 
the winter. 

We w^ere particularly ('blessed, flooded, inun- 
dated or ingulfed) with visitors this year. We 
were glad to see: Rev. and Mrs. Dale RuLon and 
family from Elkhart; Rev. and Mrs. Paul Richey 
and famUy from Cameron; Mr. and Mrs. Harry 
Weidenhamer from Ashland; Rev. and Mrs. Arden 
GUmer and family from Vandergrift; the Ward 
sisters from West Alexandria; Mr. and Mrs. Dan 
Gray (formerly Paula Tinkel) from Fort Wayne; 
and Mr. and Mrs. Dick Leidy from Ashland. 

The highlight for me however was that my fam- 
ily came down to spend two weeks over the holi- 
days. My parents, Rev. Charles and Aida May 
Munson, and my sister, Deborah, were here. Also, 
my mother's sister, Gladys Snyder, came to si>end 
five days from Washington, D.C. which was an 
added treat. 

For those of you shivering in the north and 
planning a trip to Florida, we cordially invite you 
to drop in and see us. Make BRETHREN HOUSE 
one of your stops on the itinerary. We are in the 
phone book under "Brethren House" now so look 
us up and come on over. 

— ^Bonnie 

The Brethren Evangelist 


The "Brethren House TIMES" began in the Fall 
of 1972. During the past 21/2 years 10 issues of 
our Newsletter have been produced, with the drou- 
lation rising to nearly 750. 

Since the beginning, subscriptions were availaible ^ 
for any voluntary contribution that a reader want- 
ed to send to us — and the response has been grati- 
fying. But in order to establish better record keep- 
ing and put the "TIMES" on a firmer financial I 
base, a subscription has been set to take effect ■ 

The number of issues is increased to 5 per year 1 
and the cost is $4.00 annually. All people on the 
mailing list received the January-February, 1975 
issue. But now "expiration notices" are being sent 1 
to those who haven't made a contribution within 
the past year. If you receive one of these cards, , 
we hope you wUl respond immediately with a sub- • 
scription payment for the coming year. It will 
keep teaching ideas and news coming to you, and : 
assist the Brethren House ministry at the samei 

[NOTE: A compUnientary subscription of thei 
"Brethren House TIMES" will continue to be sent 1 
to each church — in care of the pastor. There is no 
charge for these 100-plus subscriptions ... as an 
expression of our appreciation for the support the ' 
Brethren have given, and are giving, our ministry. 
Denominational personnel also receive free copies 
of each issue.] 

SAMPLE COPIES of the Newsletter are still, 
available free of charge. Just send your request 
(along with a self -addressed, stamped, business : 
size envelope) to: Brethren House, (3301 56th I 
Avenue, N., St. Petersburg, Florida 33709. 


Brethren House is working hard at becoming 
a self-supporting "distinctive ministry" of the 
Brethren (ZJhurch. 

in each of the past three years (1973-74-75) the 
Brethren Church of St. Petersburg has requested 
less and less support money from the National 
Missionary Board. Not only do we want to become 
a self-supporting outreach ministry, but we also 
reaUze the limited funds of the Mission Board in 
light of many needs around the world — and here in 
our own country. 

In 1973, we assumed $300 of the funds usually 
forwarded by the Mission Board — a mere begin- 
ning. In 1974, we ra:ised that amount to $1,300. 
And now, in 1975, we have been able to reduce our 
request from the Board another $1,5(X) — making 

it $2,800 less than what it was in 1973. That's; 
$2,800 that can be used elsewhere. 

Our primary sources of income that make this ■ 
trend posabUe are local offerings and gifts from 1 
friends, workshops, sale of materials, newsletter 
, subscriptions, and education consultation fees. 

[Of course, since the beginning we have always ^ 
assumed full financial responsibility for local i 
operational expenses — ^those not included in salary ; 
and mortgage payments.] 

POSSIBLE. We rejoice! . . . and thought you would 1 
want to know too. 


ebruary 22, 1975 

Page Eleven 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— "In March (1974) I 
nade a decision to invite Christ into my life," 
ulie Nixon Eisenhower told a group of women 
;t a reception here Jan. 27 sponsored by the Na- 
ional Religious Broadcasters during the organiza- 
Lon's 32nd annual convention. 

In her brief message to wives and delegates in 
lie Washington Hilton Hotel, Mrs. Eisenhower 
dded that her conversion experience "really 
hanged my life." 

She confessed that she was "glad that (her 
ppearance) is this year Instead of last January," 
fating that in 1974 she would have had nothing 

"I don't know if any of you have ever felt bitter," 
he said, "but I was good at that. I was angry at 
;»hat I thought were unfcdr attacks on my family. 
ly whole life has really changed. I have found 
t hard to be a Christian . . . difficult to trust as 

should. . . ." 

Mrs. Eisenhower, an assistant managing editor 
f the Saturday Evening Post, said she is current- 
Y doing research on the subject of love for the 
lagazine. She quoted a line from the popular 
ong, "What the world needs now is love sweet 
3ve," and added: "I never knew what real love 
/as until I read the Bible. It helps me to under- 
tand others better." 

The younger daughter of former President and 
Irs. Richard Nixon became a Christian believer 
jf ter she began attending the Congressional Wives 
Jible Study group led by Eleanor Page. 

Mrs. Eisenhower was presented the one millionth 
[>py of the New American Standard Bible by 
Irs. Samuel Sutheriland, representing the Lock- 
lan Foundation of La Habra, Caiit. which pro- 
uced the edition. 

JuUe Eisenhower commended the igroup for the 
spreading of the word of the love of Christ" and 
araphrased a verse of Scripture without giving 
le reference: "If we love one another, the dark- 
ess disappears." 

Over the itriple doorways of the cathedral of 
[ilan, there are inscriptions spanning the splen- 
id arches. On one is carved a beautfiul wreath 
f roses, and underneath is the legend: "All tha/t 
'hich pleases is but for a moment." Over the 
ther is a sculptured cross, and there the words 
re inscribed thus: "AH that troubles us is but 
IT a moment." But underneath the greait central 
rch to the entrance for the main aisle is this 
iscription, "That only is important which is 

"Workers Together With God,' 
a Bible-centered worship 
guide prepared by the 
National Association of 
Evangelicals, is available 
in booklet form for group 
participation in church 
and community services 


Please send materials 
in quantity indicated; 

Page Twelve 

The Brethren Evangelist 

'Casting All Your Care Upon Him 

Nancy Ronk is Pr-esident of The National 
Sisterhood of Mary and Martha. She is a 
freshman at Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana 
and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dorman 
Ronk of Ashland, Ohio. 

God has recently taught me a very important 
lesson which I would like to share with you. My 
first semester of college this fall was really rough. 
I had four courses which all required quite a bit 
of reading. Times would come when everything 
had to be done ail at once. I tried to study and 
budget my time and work extra hard and get 
everything done r'ight, ibut that was when I did 
the worst. Nothing seemed to go right. 

Finally (and it was a long, hard way to learn 
a lesson ) I realized that all I had to do was relax, 
give my problems and studies to God and let Him 
work through me. It's amazing how taking a little 
extra time alone with God seemed to give me 
extra study time! When I really included Him in 
my study time, I could feel His presence working 
through me and could get my work done so much 
easier. I hate to admit it, but I was actually sur- 
prised at how much better things went when I 
let God take all of my worries. 

One of the Bible verses that has helped me the 
most with this is I Corinthians 1:7. Paul is speak- 
ing to Christians in Corinth but could just as 
easily he speaking to any Christians anywhere. 
He says ". . . every spiritual gift and power for 
doing His will are yours . . ." (Living Bible) 
Isn't that exciting? I think so! To remind me, the 
verse is posted above my bed. Every time I see 
it, it reminds me that God gives me His very own 

power to do what He wants me to, and I thint; 
that includes getting my studying done. In otheiii 
words, all I have to do is ask God for that power j 
accept it to use for Him, and sit down and gev 
to work. Thoughts come faster, concentration jij 
easier, and my work gets done so much faster ano 
better. It's amazing how God really does whan 
He says He wUl! Believe me! 

There are times when I feel like I am so del 
pressed or tired that I can't get anything donei 
Another verse posted in my room says, "My gracti 
is sufficient for you, for my power is made per 
feet in weakness . . ." (IT Corinthians 12:9a RSV) 
Or as the Living Bible says, "... My power shows' 
up best in weak people . . . "Boy, am I weaki 
That means I have extra strength from God a' 
that time. Verse 10 goes on to say, "... I am conilj 
tent with weaknesses . . . , for when I am weakJ 
then I am strong." (RSV) Or, ". . . the less I havel 
the more I depend on Him." (LB) That's realljij 
true. Now, the more work I have to do, the mowc 
I have to depend on him, and the more strengthf 
He gives me. Of course I don't have this systenj 
perfected yet, ibecause it's so hard for me to le1| 
someone besides myself control my Ufe. Thei| 
when I don't I feel really stupid ibecause of al| 
God's strength I missed out on when trying 1x 
make it on my own. 

I hope you learn this lesson easier than I didi 
because it's so crucial to use that strength avail 
able to you right now. And if you don't use it, i 
and your own energy are both beirtg wasted. You 
can't make it on your own. Give God ALL yoiB 
problems. "Let Him have all your worries aiKi 
cares, for He is always thinking about you anti 
watching everything that concerns you." (I Petei 
5:7 LB) 

February 22, 1975 

Page Thirteen 



WHBATON, Hi. — Evangelical Christians are 
laving a growing influence m governmental 
affairs, according to speakers at NAE's Washing- 
;on Leadership Briefing in the nation's capital 

Enuary 13-17. 
"I can say that, during my 15 years in the Con- 
ess," said Illinois Congressman John B. Ander- 
son, "one of the thmgs that has encouraged me 
:;he most has been what I beUeve is the growing 
Influence of evangelical churchmen and laymen, 
working through organizations like the NAE, to 
lave more of an impact on public affairs." 

Anderson, one of some 20 top governmental 
eaders addressing the special Briefing for pastors 
md key Christian workers, was joined in his feel- 
ngs on the Influence of evangelicals by Rep. John 
i. Conlon of Arizona. Conlan reminded the group 
hat "the evangelical Christian element in this 
;oimtry is the largest voting block in America — 
lomewhere around 40 mUlion strong." It is also 
he least organized voting block in America, he 

Among other speakers at the week-long Briefing 
vere Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Science 
ind Technology Betsy Ancker- Johnson; Vice 
Vdmiral M. G. Bayne, commandant National War 
Mlege; Dr. Don Paarlberg, director of argricul- 
ural economics, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture; Oregon 
Jenajtor Mark O. Hatfield; Richard F. Schubert, 
Older secretary of labor; and Supreme Court 
f'ustice Byron R. White. 

Purpose of the annuail Briefing is to acquaint 
Christian leaders with the inner workings of gov- 
smment, especially related to evangelical concerns. 


WHBATON, 111. — "Let the Earth Hear His 
lodioe" is the theme of the 33rd Annual Convention 
tf the National Association of Evangelicals at 'the 
ntemational Hotel in Los Angeles April 8-10. It 
vas adopted as a continuation of the evangelistic 
fpdrit spawned at the International Congress on 
Vorld Evangelization held at Lausanne, Switzer- 
and in July. 

■More than a thousand Christian leaders from 
icross the nation wiU explore means of oommun- 
cating the Gospel in all levels of modern society 
it special cornmlssion sessions held during the 
hxee-day convention. 

"We did not want the burning challenge of 
^usanne to die," said Dr. Billy A. Melvin, execu- 

tive director of the NAE. "In adopting this theme 
ior NAE's 1975 convention, it is our hope that 
we will be able to keep alive the spirit of Lau- 
sanne, and that it will prove to be a catalyst in 
our own country to call the church to evangelism 
and missions." 

The 33rd Annu^ NAE Convention formally 
wMl be convened by President Paul E. Toms at 
the first public session at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 
8, at which time the 1975 Theane Document, "Let 
the Earth Hear His Voice," will be presented. 
Melvin explained that the presentation of the 
Theme Document would set the tone for conven- 
tion discussion and interaction. 

"We feel a sense of urgency," he said, in view 
of current world conditions. It would appear that 
time is short for the church to share 'The Good 
News' with the rest of the world. We should 
capitalize on the opportunity that God is giving 

The convention program will include five major 
addresses by national evangelical leaders, some 50 
workshop and seminar sessions, special music 
and exhibits. 


WHBATON, 111— Some sobering thoughts about 
the full extent of the energy crisis came from a 
top government official during a session of NAE's 
annual Washington Leadership Briefing in the 
nation's capital January 13-17. 

Betsy Ancker-Johnson, assistant secretary of 
commerce for science and technology, told evan- 
geUcal leaders that energy consumption in ithe 
U.S. has doubled in the last 17 yeajrs and that the 
future rate is even worse. She said that current 
projects indicate that, by the year 2000, we will 
need 100 million barrels of oil a day compared to 
the 33 million barrel rate in 1970. By 1982, present 
proven oil reserves will be exhausted and, even 
with an all-out effort to develop new sources, our 
energy needs wUl fall ten million barrels short 
per day. The only solution possible at this time, 
she indicated, w:ili be drastic cuts in consumption 
with self-imposed restraints over the more relaxed 
indulgence of the past. 

Senator Mark O. Hatfield of Oregon, speaking 
at the Thursday evening banquet on world hunger 
and social concern, said, "Social concern is not 
just to develop a social action program and ask 
God to baptize or bless it. But I think the best 
basis for evangelism begins, first of all, with sen- 
sitivity to God's love for us and then our becom- 
ing the open vessel through which that love can 
manifest itself in other people's lives." 

He also said that we should not see people as 
targets or projects in an exchange of food for 
conversion but "out of a genuine love for them 
as creatures of God." 

Hatfield used a dramatic illustration to portray 
differences in U.S. requirements for the finer as- 
pects of life compared to basic needs in other parts 
of the world: "The amount of fertilizer that we 
use on our golf courses, our lawns and our flower 
beds in this nation is two milUon tons. That's 
the equivalent of what would satisfy India's total 
fertilizer needs for argriculture purposes for a 
whole year," he isaid. 

Page Fourteen 

The Brethren ETai]i:eIi 


by Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Board 


(Part 2 of 5) 

[During Christmas vacation in 1973 John 
Holmstrom and Bill Baker of the Ford Motor 
Co. traveled to Upper Volta and Niger, two 
African cotmtries caught in the grip of a six- 
year-long drought. The purpose was to make 
a film depicting tragic consequences — hun- 
ger, malnutrition, starvation — of the unpre- 
cedented dry spell. 

The film 7vas u^ed by the World Relief 
Commission to produce the movie shown at 
General Conference last year — "Africa: 
Dry Edge of Disaster." It is still available 
for shoiving in local Brethren Churches at 
no charge. Write: World Relief Commission, 
Box Uk, Valley Forge, Pa. 19481. Follotving 
is part 2 of Mr. Holstrom's diary. '\ 


December 26, 1973 

[Note: "MiUet" is the most coimmon grain-food 
for the African.] 

We pick up the pattern of millet dlsitribution in 
the small village of Bama. The sack is transferred 
from the old truck to a smaller truck and then to 
a bicycle, which will take it to its final destination, 
a refugee family. We locate a refugee famiily that 
recently settled outside of Bama anid they agree 
to participate in our re-creation of a WRC millet 
distribution for the film. The Saheeb Wydrago 
family is from the Mossi tribe and they have come 
down from Ouayigoua in the north after losing 
their crops and animals. The father is tall, smil- 
ing and gentle. His wife, Arismata, doesn't smile 
much because she does all the work. She is 35 
and looks 50. 

The two younger boys are watched over as is 
the African custom, iby Alimata, their 10-year-old 
sister. The kids, although 'thin, have a lot of en- 
ergy, and are easy to film. We spend the day film- 
ing the family walking throug^hout the scrub 
brush on their trek to Bama, settling in their 
new thatched hut, cutting- fire wood, 'the kids 
going to the well, and the important sequences 
involving' the millet they receive from the World 
Relief Commission. 

The millet is pounded by the women, then 
laboriously scraped with stones to produce powder. 
This powder is transferred to boiling water and 

cooked. The resultant doughy substance is dipped 
into an evil looking gravy called "tow" and eaten 
with the fingers. This is the Wydago's breakfast, 
lunch, and dinner. Without 'this simple tout nour- 
ishing millet, millions of Africans are stai-vlng. 

Saheeb now supports his family by cutting 
wood and selling it to city dwellers in BoBo. By 
doing this he contributes to the effects of the 
drought. Without tree roots, the water taMe 
drops and alll the vegetation suffers. Then too, 

February 22, 1975 

Page Fifteen 

the Sahara desert's hot wind is blowing south 
at the rate of 15 to 30 miles a year, covering up 
the wasted land with sand. The delicate life bal- 
ance, say the missionaries, is slowly Ibeing broken, 
but to Saheeb, the wood provides his family with 

As we leave the Wydrago's, we say goodby to 
the 'Cihildren and give them .millet, ice chunks from 
our cooler and some fruit. As we get into the 
cars, little Alimata comes to Dave Kennedy and 
speaks to him in her dialect and gently touches 
his arm. She says, "Thank God that you brought 
us the millet." 

The last I see of the family is Saheeto playing 
with the cheap lighter that BiHi gave him and the 
kids carrying the ice back to their thatched but. 
The family had a 'beautiful, simple dignity and it 
was a pleasure to fihn them and be with them. 
I think they were amused by us and our cameras 
and tape recorders and I like them all the more 
for that. 

December 27, 1973 

We load our two vehicles with food and head 
north where the drought is worst. Bill and I are 
anxious to see firsit hand the effects of the drought. 
We know that to imake an effective film we must 
show the many aspects of African life that are 
affected by ithe six-year-calamity. 

We stop in the small village of Santidoiuigou to 
fUm a well being dug. A well is a vital part of 
African life and the WBC has several programs 
to provide such wells. Then on to the village of 
Yako where we meet missionary Dave Shady. He 
has arranged for us to film an animal sacrifice 
by the local witch doctor. Animist worship, along 
with belief in voodoo and curses, exerts a strong 
force on primitive Africans. Shady tells us that 
he doesn't know of any other white people ever 
being allowed to film the'ir ceremony but (because 
the witch doctor needs the money, the two dollars 
we pay him gains us entranice to the sacred hut. 

We all enter the hut. Three old, thin, men are 
squatting on the ground in front of a tree sitump. 
On it rests a knife and some coins. Two of the 
men hold small chickens. I approach each man 
and shake hands with them. The two men holding 
the chickens extend hands to me covered with 
flies. The oldest man is identified as the head 
witch doctor. Shady talks with the men, and Bill, 
eager to remove some of the tension we all feel, 
leans towards me and says, "Are you sure Colonel 
Sanders got his start this way?" Later on we all 
laugh but now we are aware of the oppressiveness 
and evil in the hut. 

The men begin to chant and mijmible about the 
sacrifice. Shady interprets and says they are sac- 
rificing the ohickens in hopes of good fortune and 

rain. They welcome us and say they do not under- 
stand w'hy we are here but accept us as brothers. 
When the old man begins to kill the first chicken 
'by pulling the knife back into the chicken's mouth, 
his hands are shaking so much from camera fright 
he can hardly function. With my wide angle lens 
I move in tight to film the Africans, eyes, hands, 
and finally the Wood spurting from the squirming 
chicken. AH around the hut squat the Villagers, 
watching not only us but the sacrifice. 

In my 14 years as a fihn 'maker I have traveled 
around the world and seen and filmed many good 
and bad things. But as I film this ceremony I 
realize the distance between the stone and the 
space age is minimal. The primitive exper'ience 
shakes me and ■when they begin to kill the second 
chicken I turn to Bill and tell htm I have what 
we need and head for the exit. 

Dick Pendell is behind me anid upon leaving the 
hut he is struck on the back by a log which falls 
fro.m the hut. The elderly African men become 
very upset. Shady tells us to sit tight and not to 
leave, as the African witch doctor is fearful that 
this is a sign against us for filming their sacrifice. 
Shady goes back into the 'hut and after a few 
minutes returns. He tells us 'that according to 
custom, the chickens have been cut open and the 
color of the testicles examined. Black means bad 
luck and more sacrificing necessary. White indi- 
cates a good sacrifice. Luckily for us they are 

BUI and I then begin to set up for an interview 
with Shady outside the hut. I load the camera, 
advance the film and shoot an identifying slate 
number. After positioning Shady we stairt the 
filming. But the camera does not work. I wiggle 
the battery cord, change batteries, and check all 
the connections. After a few minutes I replace the 
cord, which I have been using all day, and the 
camera works, il never have had a cord go bad in 
the middle of a scene. Later we check the cord 
and find nothing wrong with it. I even fihn with 
it later. There isn't any logical explanation. 

Shady says that witchcraft and curses are com- 
mon place in the village. The sacrificial log in the 
hut is replaced in an unusual manner. When the 
head witch doctor is asleep, villagers measure him 
With a stalk of millet and cut a tree trunk 'the 
same length and roll it thrO'Ugh the village to 
the hut and bury it. Within 24 hours the elder 
witch doctor dies. He is then replaced by the sec- 
ond in line. If the witch doctor awakens when he 
is being measured, the men he catches die. One 
missionary also to'ld us that a Uttle g'irl had been 
brought to him iby her father as she had been 
cursed iby a woman in the village. The giri died 
in two days. 

We drive to Kekaba dam in Shady's 1957 Ford 
truck, battered but still going strong. Built by the 
Italian government over a six-year period to 
harness water for rice fields, the dam is now use- 
less and dry, due not only to the drought but poor 
engineering. A 'pathetic scene to fihn, a useless 
dam in a useless land, 
(continued in forthconiing issue of Evangelist) 

(John Holmstrom's African Diary ap- 
peared in DETROIT, the Sunday edition of 
the Detroit Free Press, July lU, 197lt.) 

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Miss Elizabeth Ann Ciiapfman and Mr. Deibert 
Eugene Rhodes were married in the North Man- 
chester, Indiana church sanctuary on Saturday 
evening, January 26, 1975. 

Mrs. Rhodes is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Robert Chapman of Salt Lake City, Utah, foirm- 
erly of North Manchester, Indiana; and Mr. Rhodes 
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Deibert Rhodes of Rt. 
3, North Manchester, Indiana. 

Pastor Immel officiated at this service. 


Miss Joyce Ann Ebbingliouse and Paul Drake 
were united in marriage, January 24, 1975 in the 
home of the bride's parents. 

The evening candle light service was performed 
by the Reverend Jarnes Overholt, pastor of the 
United Church of Christ in North Manchester. 

Mrs. Drake, a member of The First Brethren 
Church of North Manchester, is the daughter of 
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bbbinghouse; and Mr. Drake 
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Drake of 


Vella Hendrix born May 30, 1883 passed away 
December 9, 1974. She was the wife of Charles 
Hendrix who preceded her in death. 

Burlington First Brethren Church 
* * * 


Esther G. Bailey bom September 19, 1895 passed 
away December 20, 1974. 

Burlington First Brethren Church 


A son, Peter Alexander to Mr. and Mrs. Peter 
Roussaki. Mr. Roussaki is in his second year of 
licensure and is minister of Music and The Board 
of Christian Education of the Brethren Church 
in New Lebanon, Ohio. 

Mrs. Roussaki is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. 
W. Clayton Berkshire of Tempe, Arizona. 


Mr. and Mrs. Carl Sweetland of Hamlin, Kansas 
celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary Decem- 
ber 22, 1974. They are members of the Morrill 
First Brethren Churoh. 

Febi-uary 22, 1975 

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^'^^ NEWS 


January 5-10, 1975 the dedicated and talented 
Artist-Evangelist Rev. Don Rowser, pastor of the 
New Lebanon, Ohio Brethren Church held a six 
day Revival in the Sarasota First Brethren Church 
in Florida. The spiritual results of the revival 
were 3 first time confessions, 12 rededications, and 
7 coming forward for full time Christian service. 
The average evening attendance for the campaign 
was 189 with the first Sunday morning attendance 

Outstanding singmg was inspired and led by 
song evangelist Dan Pierce of Sarasota who also 
presented duets with his wife Barbara. Mrs. Eu- 
gene Robbins was organist for the meeting and 
Mrs. J. D. Hamel, pianist. 

A prayer chapel was provided by the Deacon 
Board in our Vanator HaH ajid many of our people 
took advantage of the opportunity to pray for 

Evangelist Don Rowser added excitement to the 
meeting by giving away his sermon-picture each 
evening to the person who brought the most vis- 
itors. A brother and sister each brought 27 and 
29 between them on one night. Special music was 
also provided by the Chancel Choir under the 
direction of Mrs. J. D. Hamel and the Eternity 
Singers under the direction of Mrs. Eugene 

I highly recommend Rev. Don Rowser with his 
Holy Spirit anointed chalk talks as an evangelist. 
Rev. Rowser has the rare ability of making the 
Word of iGod live as he draws it from the scrip- 
tures and as he illustrates his abject lessons for 
the children. Beloved these are great days for 
Revival and every Brethren Church is urged to 
make these days of "aggressive evangelism" for 
Christ. People today are willing to listen! Thank 
God for Evangelist Rev. Don Rowser. 

During our week of meetings the Church Growth 
Commission of the Missionary Board of the 
Brethren Church had a two day meeting in Sara- 
sota. Members attending were Chairman Rev. Don 
Rowser, our evangelist; Rev. Woodrow Immel, 
president of the Board and pastor of the North 
Manchester, Ind. Brethren Church; Rev. Arden 
GUmer, pastor of the Pleasant View Brethren 
Church in Vandergrift, Pa. ; Rev. Clarence Stewart, 
Pastor Emeritus of the Sarasota and Nappanee, 
Ind. Brethren Churches and life member of the 
Missionary Board; John Rowsey, Associate Sec- 
retary of the Mission Board from Ashland, Ohio; 

Rev. Russell Gordon, pastor of the Bradenton 
Brethren Church; and Dr. J. D. Hamel, pastor of 
Sarasota First Brethren. 

January 12th Rev. Delbert Flora began eig'ht 
weeks of Bible studies as a resident professor in 
Sarasota, Florida. Rev. Flora is well qualified as 
former Dean of Ashland Theological Seminary; 
and has travelled seven times into Europe and the 
Middle East, including extended stays for study. 
He has been a student at the American School of 
Oriental Research in Jerusalem. During the Bible 
series Rev. Flora is lecturing on Sunday evenings 
on "Paul, the Man and the Missionary" illustrating 
the lectures with colored slides. Printed outlines 
are distributed. Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. 
he is bringing studies in Matthew. Wednesday 
evenings at 7 p.m. he is lecturing on the "Dis- 
tinctive Doctrines of the Brethren Church", with 
the book "Our Faith" as part of the course. Fridays 
at 7 p.m. his subject Is "Bible Backgrounds" with 
the "Golden Bible Atlas" used with the study. The 
Bible is the main textbook for all of the courses. 

It is the desire of the Sarasota First Brethren 
Church to strengthen its members spiritually 
through an intimate personal study of God's Holy 
Word. First Brethren is grateful for the privilege 
of having Rev. and Mrs. Flora in our church this 

— Sarasota. Florida 


ON THE AIR. After weeks of preparation, the 
MiUedgeviUe Brethren Church signed a contract 
with the most powerful AM/FM radio station in 
the area to air a 15 minute program each week. 
We had some difficulty getting the time desired, 
but after listening to the pilot tape, a change in 
program was made and we have the fantastic time 
of Saturday evening, 6:15 (following network 
news). The program will feature transcribed 
music (some "live" in the future,) and a devo- 
tional message. We are happy for this outreach, 
and for the cooperation of W.S.D.R. Radio, Ster- 
ling, Dixon, Rock Falls, Illinois. 

Jim Black, pastor 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

World Religious News 

in Review 



SAN DIEGO (EP)— A study of 180 church drop- 
outs and 265 active church members in two areas 
of Southern California reveals that the Protestant 
church overall is losing members largely because 
it is too impersonal and unfriendly, than for any 
other reason. 

The study showed that 21 per cent of the persons 
that had left the church in the past two years 
said they did so because of the coldness and im- 
personality of the institution and the congrega- 
tion. The theological stance the church has taken 
was seldom listed as a cause for their leaving. 

The study was headed by the Rev. Dr. Frank 
Finkbiner, pastor of the Reseda United Methodist 
Churoh. The study, carried by the Copley News 
Service here, included the Methodist, Disciples of 
Christ, Presbyterian and Lutheran churches. 

The other figures were 15.3 per cent who said 

the church was too liberal and 6.6 per cent too 

conservative, but whatever the reason, there is a 

high degree of lethargy among the once actives. 

(See page 3 of this issue) 


BOMBAY (EP) — ^India's Christian community 
will observe a national Day of Prayer on 
Jan. 19 on behalf oif the country's Christian 

The mass prayer campaign is intended to reg- 
ister Christian concern over alleged government 
discrimination against those members of India's 
most despised and wretched class of human beings 
who are Christians. 

Despite constitutional prohibitions and efforts of 
social reformers, the vast majority of the 80 to 
100 million untouchables — ^whom Mahatma Gandhi 
called "Harijans" (Children at God) — continue to 
live in forced, degraded backwardness, especially 
in the rural areas where 90 iper cent of them live. 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— Since the Senate 
passed a resolution early in December calllnig for 
the conservation and sharing food with the hungry 
and establishing Nov. 24, 1975 as a "National Day 
of Fasting," a great number of Americans have 
expressed their interest and concern. 

Sen. Mark O. Hatfield (R-Ore.), author of the 
resolution, advised his colleagues on the National 
Day of Prayer that his office has received hun- 
dreds of letters "reflecting the attitudes and con- 
victions of citizens from around the country with 
regard to the U.S. involvement in the alleviation 
of the immediate food needs of the hungry. 


NEW YORK (BP)_The Greek Orthodox Arch- 
diocese of North and South America has opened i 
a Year of Spiritual Renewal intended to strength- 
en personal, parish and Church-wide devotion to 

The special 1975 emphasis is not a program, 
project or new organization. It is an effort to 
place greater priority on the churtfh as a com- 
munity of salvation. 

Theme for the year is, "In the radiance of Thy 
countenance. O Lord, shall I walk forever." 

Archbishop lakovos, primate of the archdiocese, 
which has 1.6 million constituents, proclaimed the 
1975 Year of Spiritual Renewal last year. The call 
for the observance originated with an archdiocesan 
Clergy-Laity Congress in 1972. 


WHEATON, 111. (EP)— "Maude" and "All in 
the Family" led the list of "permissive" programs 
noted by 7,000 persons Who responded to a Na- 
tional Association of Evangelicals' questionnaire 
on the moral tone of television. "The Waltons" 
and "Apple's Way" were cited as the most 

Results of the voluntary survey provided the 
basis for an NAE letter to the three networks 
and 25 leading advertisers protesting the morality 
of programming. 

The NAE is particularly concerned about pro- 
fanity, sex, "crudity" and "unnecessary violence," 
according to the Rev. Paul E. Toms of Boston, 

The letter, sent in December, produced three re- 
plies from advertisers by early January. Bristol- 
Myers was reportedly "very positive" toward the 
NAE position, while General Foods was said to 
be "defensive but at the end positive." 


NASHVILLE (BP)— A former minister who is 
now a salesman for a book publisher finds that 
the business world is "more Christian" than he 
had expected. 

Kent McNish, associate j>astor of Nashville's 
large Belmont United Methodist Church until a 
year ago, seems to have no regrets that he left 
the ministry after 10 years. 

"As a preacher in the pulpit," he told a reporter, 
"I had assumed the business world was a big world 
of sin which the preachers had to correct through 
(church) members. Yet I have found that people 
act from ethical motives and have a concern about 
what is right and wrong in their everyday lives. 

February 22, 1975 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— Mrs. Everett Dirk- 
sen, widow of tiie Illinois Senator who had spon- 
sored a bill to amend the Constitution to allow 
prayer in public schools, is boosting a prayer bLU 
introduced in the Senate by Senatoo- Jesse Helms 

The biU would limit the jurisdiction of the 
Supreme Court of the United States and district 
courts pertaining to prayer in public schools. 

Senator James O. Eastland (D-Miss.) is one of 
the bill's sponsors. 

Mrs. Dirksen is boosting the bUl through her 
service as a board member of the Leadership 
Foundation, one of many organizations backing a 
prayer bill. 


SAN FRANCISCO (EP)— H humanity cannot 
conquer drug abuse and alcohoUsm in the same 
way it defeated polio and tuberculosis, it should 
at least "educate, minimize the danger, and make 
sure the measures we take don't compound the 
problem," Senator Harold E. Hughes (D.^Iowa) 
told deilegates to the North American Congress on 
Alcohol and Drug Problems. 

"Obviously, the status of our national effort 
with respect to alcoholism and drug abuse must 
be viewed in the context of the general state of 
the nation," he said. "From the standpoints of 
the economy, the international situation, and the 
present disarray of public health and social pro- 
grams in the country, we know we are facing a 
winter of hard choices." 

Sen. Hughes, a United Methodist who wiU leave 
the senate in 1975 to enter the ministry with 
International Christian Leadership and the Fellow- 
ship Foundation, is a recovered alcoholic. 


MANASSAS, Va. (EP)— Northern Virginia resi- 
dents were told here that imprisonment is one 
of the prices that parents may have to pay when 
they show concern about objectionable textbooks 
and supplementary reading matter in schoo^ls 
their children attend. 

"You wUl have to be prepared to face jail if 
you want to stop the use of this material," said 
the Rev. Ezra Graley of Nitro, West Va., a leader 
in the West Virginia school textbook protests, at 
a public meeting here. 

Sentenced to jaU for ihis involvement in demon- 
strations iby parents and icoal miners against con- 
troversial textbooks, Mr. Graley is free on appeal 
after serving 11 days of his sentence. He told a 
reporter that speaking dates are being arranged 
for him to address other groups in Northern 
Virginia and Maryland. A national grassroots ef- 
fort is being started, he added, to oppose school 
texts and reading matter soime parents find 


JERUSALEM (EP)— DeJean Replogle, the 16- 
year-old Florida tourist who lost her leg when 
terrorists bombed her bus, looks at her calcunlty 
through pain, sadness, love, joy and some 

"Before this happened we were on tour," she 
told William J. Drummond of the Los Angeles 
Times. "We were in the upper room where the 
Lord had the Last Supper. . . . AU the people were 
there sobbing and crying. I was just sitting there. 
It kind of bothered me. 

"I said, hey man, something is wrong. I'm not 
right. I prayed that the Lord would do something 
to me. I honestly prayed that he would do some- 
thing to me, build my faith up in him. 

"It wasn't 20 minutes later that this happened," 
the teenager said. 

A miracle had occurred, she said. "My blood 
clotted. The doctors said it was a plain miracle 
that I didn't bleed to death. Man, U that doesn't 
buUd somebody's belief in God up!" 


DUBLIN (EP)— Clearbhall O'Dalaigh, in his 
first act as President of the Republic of Ireland, 
made an urgent plea for peace in Northern 

The 63-year-old former Chief Justice of Ireland 
was sworn in as Eire's fifth president at a cere- 
mony in St. Patrick's HaU at Dublin Castle on 
Dec. 19. 

Prior to the swearing in ceremony, Mr. 
O'Dalaigh attended an ecumenical service con- 
ducted by Roman Catholic and Protestant church- 
men at the Catholic Pro-Cathedral in Dublin. 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— Private and church 
related elementary and secondary schools enrolled 
more students in the 1973-74 academic year than 
the total public school enrollment of the nation's 
20 smallest states, according to the Council for 
American Private Education here. 

Basing its conclusion on U.S. Office of Educa- 
tion and Department of Health, Education and 
Welfare statistics, the council said 4,870,000 stu- 
dents were enrolled in private and parochial 
schools nationwide, compared with 4,690,000 stu- 
dents in publicly-operated schools in the 20 states 
with the lowest populations. 

There were even more private and church- 
related school students in the country as a whole 
than public school students in any single state, 
including California, Which has the largest nuim- 
ber of public school students (4,460,(X)0) and New 
York, the next largest (3,450,000). 

Private schools (of which the vast majority are 
operated by religious groups) educate almost one- 
tenth of the nation's 50.5 million elementary and 
secondary school children, the two government 
agencies' school computations indicate. 

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NEW YORK (EP)— Few facets of biblical truth 
have escaped the scrutiny of scholarly test, but 
honest doubt has made the Scriptures more accept- 
able since the rationalists opened their attack, 
says the December 30 issue of Time magazine. 

The editors added that numerous archaeological 
digs have confirmed the historic£il accuracy of 
the Bible. 

However, the editors declared, litera lists do not 
share the view that doubt strengthens faith, be- 
lieving instead that the challenge to inspiration has 
sown doubts, that faith is in jeopardy, and that 
credibiUty has suffered. 

The seven-page article looks at the broad sweep 
of biblical criticism, emphasizing two main as- 
sumptions: the fundamental view and the liberal 
view. To the former, the Bible is absolutely in- 
errant; to the latter, it is a book whose occasion- 
ally fallible text makes it, paradoxically, seem 
more authentic. 

"The miraculous can be demythologized," con- 
clude the editors, "the marvel explained, but the 
persistent message of the Bible will not go away. 
Both in the Jewish and Christian Bibles it is 
irreducible: some time, somewhere, God intervened 
in history to help man. Whether it was at the 
time of the Exodus, the giving of the Law, the 
Incarnation or the Resurrection, or any of those 
smaller interventions that are stUl so cherished, 
ordinary human history was interrupted and has 
never since been the same." 

ESTIMATED AT 14,150,000 

NEW YORK (EP) — There are 14,150,000 Jews 
in the world today, according to the 1974-75 edition 
of the American Jewish Year Book. This compares 
with a figure of 14,370,650 reported last year. 

Whereas the United States retains its lead as 
the country with the largest Jewish population — 
5,732,000 — that total also represents a decline, 
from 6,115,000 in 1973. 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— Sen. Harold E. 
Hughes (D-Iowa) was cited here for being the 
first elected member in the history of the U.S. 
Senate to resign his post for the "distinct reason 
that he seeks to dedicate his full life, time, effort 
and energy to the service of God." 

Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.Mex.), a Roman 
Catholic, told his Senate colleagues that research 
by his staff had proven that the United Methodist 
law-maker from Iowa is, indeed, the first senator 
to choose full-time religious work ratheir than 

(Sen. Hughes retired from the Senate on Dec. 
31, after serving a single six-year term.) 

Following a period of prayer, meditation and re- 
flection, Sen. Hughes plans to begin working as a 
layman with the International Christian Leader- 
ship and Fellowship Foundation, an independent, 
interdenominational organization based here whose 
chief function is working behind the scenes pro- 
moting prayer breakfasts in this country and 


BELFAST (EP) — ^In an extraordinary display 
of sectarian unity, between 10,000 and 12,000 Prot- 
estants and Roman Catholics — ^men, women, and 
children — marched to Belfast's city hall on Jan. 
19 in an interdenominational demonstration for 

Braving a cold rain under a sea of umbrellas, 
the demonstrators prayed and sang hymns togeth- 
er, under the leadership of Protestant and Catholic 

The peace march was organized by the AngUcan, 
Presbyterian, Methodist, and Catholic Churches 
of Ireland. 

Another crowd of about 15,000 staged a march 
and prayer service for peace simultaneously in 
Dublin, the Irish capital. 

The marchers included members of Parliament 
from Ireland's three major political parties, among 
them the Foreign Minister Garrett Fitzgerald, and 
the Minister of Posts and Telegraph, Conor Cruise 


PRINCETON, N.J. (EP)— While still a majority, 
the number of Americans who believe religion is 
losing its influence on society dropped appreciably 
between 1970 and 1974, the GaUup PoU reported 

Fifty-sLx per cent of 1,517 adults surveyed by 
Gallup last December said they think religion 
is becoming weaker — ^as compared to 75 per cent 
Who held that view in 1970. 

In the new poll, 31 per cent thought religion is 
gaining ground — in 1970, only 14 per cent in 1970 
said religion's influence was growing. 

Gallup also found Bible reading up slightly, 
from 61 per cent who read the Scripture weekly 
in 1970 to 63 per cent in 1974. 

The Gallup survey was conducted in 300 U.S. 
localities. A significant increase was found in the 
number of young adults who believe religion's 
influence is gaining. 

In 1970, 14 per cent of the young adults ques- 
tioned felt religion was becoming stronger. The 
figure rose to 37 per cent in late 1974. 

Gallup said that 1957 was the peak year of 
beUef that reUgion's strength is growing. That 
was also a time of strong church and synagogue 
attendance — 49 per cent in a typical week. 


LOS ANGELES (EP)— An American Council on 
Education study reveals that the coUege freshman 
class of 1974-75 is more conservative and decidedly 
different that student bodies of the recent past. 

The survey's director, Alexander W. Astin, said 
one of the most surprising changes was the drop 
in the students favoring the legislation of mari- 
juana — from 48.2 per cent in 1973 to 46.7 per cent 
last year. This was a reversal of a six-year "lib- 
eralizing" trend. 

The survey by the Council, a private coordin- 
ating association for higher education, was based 
on responses of 19,000 freshmen at 364 colleges 
and universities. 

February 22, 1975 

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BY 1,600,000 DURING '74 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— The U.S. popula- 
tion showed a net gain estimated at 1.6 million 
during 1974, equal to the 1972 rise, and a bit more 
than the 1.5 million net gain of 1973, according 
to the U.S. Bureau of the Census. 

The rate of gain during 1974 was 0.7 per cent, 
the same reported in 1973. From 1947 to 1961, the 
annual rate of population gain ranged from 1.6 
to 1.8 per cent. 


FORT WORTH (EP) ^Repeatedly stressing that 
it was "late," famed evangelist Billy Graham 
warned here that war in the Middle East is "very, 
very close" and it "is a time for prayer." 

The evangelist said that if there is another 
Middle East war, "it will be an economic war 
fought over oil." 

He replied to questions at a press conference in 
which he pointed out that "nobody knows" whether 
Western civilization "is going to lie down and be 

He would like to see 1975 as a year for prayer, 
Dr. Graham continued. There should be prayer 
to God that He wiU give the world leaders patience 
and a solution to problems. 

Warning that unless man returns to God and 
Gk>d intervenes, "we could be standing very close 
to Armageddon because many nations today are 
developing the atomic bomb." 

He said "God has not let go of this world, but 
it's late. 'Mighty late." There could also be a re- 
ligious revival. Dr. Graham asserted, but "it's 
real late." 


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (EP)— The Rev. James E. 
Newman has celebrated his 101st birthday as 
pastor of St. Peter's Baptist Church here. 

"I'll stay as long as I am able," he said. 

"I feel just the same as I did When I was 25," 
he told weU wishers at a reception at the Grant 
Chapel A.M.E. Church. "I just thank God for the 
privilege of being here this long. 

He has served St. Peters for about 40 years. 


GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (EP)— Unsettled con- 
ditions in the Middle East and escalating costs of 
Lnternational travel have caused the sponsors oi 
the First Convocation on Church Growth to move 
the site from Jerusalem to the Garden Grove 
Community Church in California. 

Dr. Robert H. Schuller, founder and senior min- 
ister of the 7,000-member church, announced the 

"The decision to change the site was taken re- 
luctantly because we chose Jerusalem in keeping 
with Jesus' challenge to 'build my church,' " Dr. 
Schuller explained. "In the light of economic con- 
ditions and the need to assure the security of ouir 
participants, we felt the meeting had to toe moved 
to the United States." 

The Convocation wiU be held from Feb. 19 to 22, 
1975, on the 22-acre campus of the church where 
four times each year hundreds of ministers and 
laymen attend the Institute for Successful Church 


BOOTH BAY, Maine (EP)— A man generally 
acknowledged to be the successor of Warner 
SaUman in his paintings of Jesus Christ, has died 
at his home here. Richard Hook was 62. 

"He abandoned the long flowing robes and silken 
hair in favor of a ruggedness that made his paint- 
ings truly distinctive," observed C. Charles Van 
Ness, editorial director of the David C. Cook Co. 
which used Hooks' art extensively. 

Hook, who once drew for the Saturday Evening 
Post, Colliers, and the N. W. Ayer Advertising 
Agency following his graduation from the Phil- 
adelphia Museum School of Art, entered the field 
of religious art 16 years ago. 

His wife and collaborator, Frances Hook, showed 
his art to Concordia Publishing Co. in 1958 and 
received an assignment. Since then Richard has 
painted for Tyndale House, Standard Publishing, 
the Southern Baptists and the British PubUshing 
Co. of London, England. 

He was buried following memorial services at 
St. Phillips Episcopal Church, Wiscasset, Maine. 


SEATTLE (EP)— Ministers who seek career 
guidance are asking "a totally different" question 
now than they did 10 years ago, according to 
the Rev. William F. Kopelke, Jr. 

The United Methodist minister and retired Air 
Force chaplain is new on the staff of the Pastoral 
Institute of Washington as career development 

A decade or so ago, "when the whole profession- 
al clergy was in such an uproar," ministers, priests 
and rabbis were asking for help in leaving the 
ministry and finding new careers, Mr. Kopelke 
said. Now, he points out, they want to know how 
to stay in the ministry and maike better use of 
time and talents. 

The minister said he counsels most often the 
person "who is at a point in his life where he is 
conscious of his potentials that he's not using. He 
has reached a plateau." 

"A lot of people m positions of leadership in the 
religious community are not ordained," Mr. 
Kopelke said. "We're as concerned with them as 
we are the specially ordained clergy types." 


ALGIERS (EP) — ^Severe drought has caused 
the Minister of Religion of Algeria to ask his 
countrymen to pray for ram. 

Minister Mouloud Kassun said spring crops are 
apt to fail unless the country is drenched with 
rain within six weeks. 

Algeria's usual heavy rainfall at the end of the 
year did not occur. 

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Folloiwing are 22 new items recently added to the Resource Library. These items 
will be revised in future Supplements to the Audio-Visual Guide as new additions 
warrant. To order: write or call 

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Success With Youth YOUTH EDUCATION SERVICE Series (5) 

A discussion by Warren Wiersbe of the practical meaning behind ten important 
Scriptural words. Words that previously may have been difficult to understand will 
now come aUve in your Christian experience, (h, a) [1975] 

CS-B414 I. A— INSPIRATION/n TIM. 3:13-17; II PETER 1:16-21 









CS-B419 HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE— C-cassette, man. 

An interview with Pastor Warren Wierslbe dealing with the question, 
"How can I study the Bible so I get something out of it?" (h, a) 

Guidance Associates PARENTHOOD: MYTHS AND REALITIES Series (2) 
This two-part series examines common romantic misconceptions about parental 
"instincts," responsibilities and rewards. Emphasizes respect for the individuality 
of parent and child; discusses child development, marital life and family interaction, 
healthy parental attitudes, (jh, h, a) [1975] 

FS-L336 I. PART I: FROM THE CHILD'S PERSPECTIVE— 73 frames, color 
photos, rec. & man; 8 min. 

FS-L337 II. PART II: ADULT PERSPECTIVES— 61 frames, color photos, rec. 
& man; 8 min. 

February 23, 1975 

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Guidance Associates THE FUTURE OF THE FAMILY Series (2) 
This twoipart series examines past and present trends in family living and projects 
them into the future; discusses nuclear and extended families, cluster and communal 
living; considers forces affecting the family; w^omen's liberation, overpopulation, 
aspects of urban & suburban life, (jh, h, a) [1975] 
FS-L338 I. PART I: THE FAMILY AND SOCIETY— 71 frames, color photos, 

rec. & man; 10 min. 
FS-L339 II. PART II: NEW DIRECTIONS— 67 frames, color photos, rec. & 

man; 10 min. 

Success With Youth YOUTH EDUCATION SERVICE Series (6) 
This 12-session training course for Children's Workers is designed to help you im- 
plement a philosophy of -ministering to children in your church. It incorporates in- 
terviews wdth people actually involved in youth work across the country, (a) 




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FS-T602 THE PURPLE TREE— 55 frames, color photos, man., cass: 19 min. 

This program telHs how a learning center was designed and is used 
throughout the week in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is offered by the 
National Teacher Education Project as one example of an approach 
to open education in the churches, (a) [1974, Brethren House] 

leader's guldesheet, 1 sample response worksheet 
This program consists of a 60 min. recording prepared by Pastor 
Phil and Jean Lersch and Bonnie Munson, directors of Brethren 
House. There are periodic pauses in the cassette for interaction 
among those listening in an attempt to (1) gain an overall picture 
of the design of learning centers, (2) understand why learning cen- 
ters work, and (3) answers the question, '^How could we use learning 
centers in our situation?' (a) [1974, Brethren House] 


Series (3) 
This cassette series by Earl Pahner, Pastor of First Pres. Church, Berkeley, CA, 
is divided into three parts: (1) Thedlogical sound doctrine of anthropology, (2) 
Gospel, and (3) Dynamic and Christian world views, ibased on the book of Romans. 
(a) [1975] 

CS-T718 I. PART I 
CS-T719 11. PART H 

CS-T446 V. 

CS-T447 VI. 

A — Session 9 
B — Session 10 

A — Session 11 
B — Session 12 

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Clap Your Hands, Jesus Is Lord — 1975 Summer 
Bible Ministries iProgram Planner by Gospel 
Tills book is a storehouse of igreat ideas, answers, 
'hints and helps lor every summer program 
whether or not you are using Gospel Light ma- 
terials. It contains information and helps on the 
regular VBS programs, Backyard Bible Schools, 
Day Camping, Family Camping, and the Park 
or Playground Bible Schools. It takes you step 
by step through your VBS planning from choos- 
ing materials to follow-up procedures. Also in- 
cluded is an individual chapter for leaders of each 
age level, ten praise Worship programs and wrap- 
ping up helps. Excellent. 

Summer Ministries Program Materials 

Ministries Program for evesry age in either the 

5 or 10 day length. 
Nursery — "Jesus Is the Son of God" 
Pre-Prunary — "God Helps You Please Him" 
Primary — "God Cares for You" 
Junior — "God Gives Joy" 
Young Teen — "BeUeve It? Live It!" 
Young People and Adult — Enriching Elective 

The Introductory Kit contains samples of every- 
thing needed for either the 5 day or the 10 day 
program: (a) Theme Song record (b) One Teach- 
er's book and One Pupil's Kit for each of the ' 
above age levels, ( c ) 1975 VBS Leader's Handbook, 
(d) Samples of VBS Publicity Aids, (e) Ordering 

These kits are available from the Brethren Book- 
store in Ashland for 5-day $7.95 and 10-day $8.95. 

Gospel Light 

1975 Summer Theme — Clap Your Hands, Jesus 
Is Lord 

As in the past, CJospel Light has a complete 

Summer Ministries Program for every age in 

either the 5-day or 10-day length. 
Prekindergarten — "The Lord Loves Me" 
Kindergarten — "Traveling With Bible Friends" 
Primary — "Jesus, My Savior and Friend" 
Middlers — "Great Is the Lord" 
Juniors — "Jesus Christ, My Guide for Life" 
Youth — "Christ Is for Real" 
Adult — "This Is the Ufe" or "Communication: 

Key to Your Marriage" or "TeU It Like It Is" 
The Complete Review Kit contains samples of 
everything needed for a 5 or 10 day Summer Min- 
istries Program: (a) Instructional, promotional 
record to inspire your workers, (b) Summer Bible 
Ministries Program Planner, (c) One Teacher's 
and One Students' book for each of the above 
levels (except Adult learning pac's must be 
ordered separately), (d) New Creative Activity 
Pac's for each level, (e) Celebrate Banner sam- 
ple, (f) Theme materials, (g) Ordering informa- 

This kit is available from the Brethren Bookstore 
in Ashland for $8.95 (limit one per church). 
Motivating Filmstrip 

Gospel Light has available a filmstrip entitled 
Clap Your Hands, Jesus Is Lord. This fUmstrip 
will not only inform you about Gospel Light's 1975 
Summer Ministries Program but can also be used 
to promote your own summer program. Sound 
is available on either record or cassette. Free use 
and return. Order directly from Gospel Light, 110 
West Broadway, Glendale, CA 91204. Please Ust 
desired showing date and alternate date and in- 
dicate sound preferences. 

Scripture Press 

1975 Summer Theme — What's the Good Word 

Scripture Press again has a complete Summer 

Standard Publishing Company 

1975 Summer Theme — Jesus, Touch Me 

Standard has a complete Summer Ministries 
Program for every age in either 5 or 10 day 
10 All-Bible Lessons 

1) Complete Surrender'^ — ^Personality — Matthew 

2) Joyful Giving* — Personality — Zacohaeus 

3) Grateful Praise* — ^PersonaUty — the thankful 

4) Top Priority — Personality — ^Mary of Bethany 

5) Active Discipleship — ^Personality — ^Nicodemus 

6) Right Choices — ^Personality — Judas 

7) Heralded Faith — ^Personality — the repentant 

8) Willing Service — ^Personality — Ananias 

9) Enthusiastic Response* — ^Personality — ^Lydia 

10) Bold Witness* — Personality — Stephen 
(*lessons included in 5-day course) 

The VBS Introductory Kit contains samples of 
everything needed for either the 5 day or the 10 
day proigram for the following age levels: Nursery, 
Beginner, Primary, Middler, Junior, and Youth. 
It contains: (a) Director's Program Guide, (b) 
One Teacher's and One Pupil's book for each age 
level, (c) Primary, Middler, and Junior CJraft Pac 
sample, (d) Songbook, (e) Samples of Publicity 
Aids, (f) Plarabook and Promotional letter, (g) 
Ordering information. 

These kits are available from the Brethren Book- 
store in Ashland for 5-day $7.95 and 10-day $8.95. 
Motivating Full-Color Filmstrip 
Standard has available a filmstrip. He Touched 
Me. This filmstrip is an effective way to promote 
your own summer program. It will inform you 
about the all-new 1975 Standard VBS course. It's 
free for your use when returned the next day 
or remit nominal $4.50 oharge :if you decide to 
keep it. Order directly from Standard Publishing 
Company, 8121 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 
45231. Please list desired showing date and alter- 
nate dates. 

February 22, 1975 

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"Choice of Priorities' 


! We should be aware of the need today to estab- 
lish the "proper priorities" in our daily lives. 
Many persons have a desire to build inner 
j strengths, but often are using the wrong guide- 
lines to accomplish this rating. Often I am told 
jthat the earthly things are of primary impor- 
tance, while others emphasize the need for per- 
isonal possessions as an achievement. 

Salivation lis a primary concern for mankind. 
People are being impressed too much by the 
emphasis and reliance on things. Instead we need 
to stress the important value of the individual. 
The abundance of knowledge and the vastness of 
the universe imake persons seem small by 

However, God in His Psalms presents a lofty 
concept of men. "What is man, that thou are 
mindful of Him?" "And the son of man, that thou 
visitest him?" (Psahn 8:4). Paul also bears test- 
imony of the importance of people in Hebrews 
2:6, a duplication of Psalm *8:4. As we read -the 
other verses of Hebrews (chapter two) we see 
Jesus presented as "The Captain of salvation". 

Thdis earth is just a tiny speck in the universe. 
When we think of how many people there are, 
and how big the universe is, what difference 
do you make? What difference do I make? 
What difference does anybody make? We have 
become a people of cities and this tends to make 
us small and Insignificant. This tendency to de- 
preciate i>eople should help us establish a "God- 
given prioarity" in proclaiming the following Bib- 
lical fact. That there is an eternal God who knows 
you, loves you, and wants to help you. This makes 
it real and personal, you are a person of 

A census taker asked a lady the mmiber of her 
children. She answered, "They don't have num- 
bers, they have names". God knows our names. 
God made it personal when He sent His Son to 
be man's Savior. We must be aware of the im- 
portance of the Biblical teaching that we need 
spiritual strength to properly establish the priority 
of salvation. 

Let's make sure that we get our priorities 
straight and in proper relationship. We should 
not expect other persons to be to us wliat only 
Jesus Christ himself can be. When we find that 
man's salvation is high on our Ust of priorities, 
we experience joy and companionship in the Lord 
Jesus. This makes it a wonderful and loving event 
in our relationship to God's redemptive plan for 
us personally. 

How do you choose priorities? What are your 
guidehnes? Where does Church growth and 
Church renewal fit on your list? 

Every day it seems that there are many tasks 
to do and decisions to make. What method or 
means do you use in deciding the priority of these 
duties? Where do you place the opportunities of 

So much depends on our set of values as to 
What takes precedence. Do we place first popu- 
larity, egotistical pride, wealth, possessions or 
relationships, serving others, obedience to God and 
truth, seeking for salvation, discipleship, Spiritual 
guidance for the Lord's plan for our hfe, or 
others ? 

It would be appreciated by this writer to hear 
from you concerning your "choice of priorities!" 
It would be interesting reading to have your com- 
ments relating to these writings and questions. I 
hope I hear from many of you soon. 


Now and then I stop to ponder 
What, in me, my brothers see. 
Could it be my conversations 
Stress too much of I and Me? 

Are there times that I am talking 
When a listener I should be? 
Do I take the floor and keep it, 
Babb'ling almost constantly? 

Teach me, Lord, that there are others 
Who've a voice that should be heard. 
"Silence" oftentimes "is golden"; 
Better than the spoken word. 

Norman McPherson 

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by D. Bruce Lockerbie 

Everywhere in education today the cry is the 
same — ^whether one reads radical social reformers, 
curriculum analysts, or professional labor activ- 
ists. That cry is for wholeness. American education 
is compartmentalized and departmentalized into 
pigeonholes and cubicles, little areas of knowledge 
cut off from each other and from the full resources 
of all that man may knoiw. We seem to have no 
more Francis Bacons, willing to declare all know- 
ledge to be man's province. Instead we have 
gpecialists restricted to seeing their tiny place in 
the universe in isolation from everyone else, in- 
sular and insignificant. 

Some years ago, when he was then president 
of the University cxf Chicago, Robert Maynard 
Hutchins wrote: 

The crucial error (in education) is that of 
holding that nothing is any more important 
than anything else; so the course of study 
goes to pieces because there is nothing to 
hold it together. 
And Aldous Huxley, speaking of deficiencies in 
education, has described graduates this way: 

They come out into the world, highly expert 
in their particular job, but knowing very 
little about anything else and having no inte- 
grating principle in terms of which they can 
arrange and give significance to such know- 
ledge as they may subsequently acquire. 
"Nothing to hold it together" . . . "no integrating 
principle" ... no central core of meaning from 
which ideas may radiate; hence, no possibility for 
wholeness, for integration. For integration in edu- 
cation is possible only if learning is bound up with 
the life principles by which learners are taught 
to measure themselves and the world around 

I speak as a Christian teacher, but there is cer- 
tainly nothing uniquely Christian about such an 
observation. The inherent relationship between 
learning and life's principles undergirds most 
ideologies, as is currently being demonstrated in 
the Soviet Union, where artists like Aleksandr 
Solzhenitsyn and others 'have been harassed be- 
cause who they are and what they know and wish 
to teU does not conform to the approved set of 
principles by which the state is governed. 

This relationship between character and belief 
can be illustrated by the story told of an American 
traveler's first experience onboard a jetliner in 
the People's Republic of China. The American 
noted that instead of saying, "Coffee, tea, or 
martini?" the Chinese stewardess was speaking 
to herself, reciting (he was told) the sayings of 
Chairman Mao. When asked why, she replied, 
"The sayings of Chairman Mao keep the plane 

What I'm referring to, of course, we recognize 
and label as a world-and-Ufe view. This metaphor 
suggests that one has found a place to stand and 
see the world. Once more it must be said that 
there is nothing uniquely Christian about having 
a world-and-life view. Faithful adherents to every 
ideology understand that the position they take 
and the view of life they assume alters behavior 
and informs the intellect. 

To dramatize the metaphor, the Maoist takes 
his stand in the mouth of a cave in the mountains 
of Northeast China, at the end of the Long March. 
From that vantage he looks out and sees the 
glorious potential of a workers' paradise. The 
Marxist stance is, perhaps, more abstractly de- 
scribed, for it finds itself within the Whirling vor- 
tex of the movement from thesis to antithesis to 
synthesis. From within this dialectical maelstrom 
the Marxist looks out to see the proletarian revo- 
lution and the State supreme. 

What, then, is the Christian world-and-life view? 
Where does the Christian stand? What does he 
see? The Christian stands at the foot of the Cross 
and at the door of the Empty Tomb. The Chris- 
tian looks out and sees mankind Ln his fallen 
condition; he sees that God the Creator was in 
Christ reconciling the world unto himself; he sees 
that life may be redeemed and a new relationship 
with God made possible through the power of 
the Resurrection. AU this is declared succinctly 
in St. Paul's letter to the Colossians: 

He rescued us from the domain of darkness 
and (brought us away into the kingdom of his 
dear Son, in whom our release is secured and 
our sins forgiven. He is the image of the in- 
visible God; his is the primacy over all created 
things. In him everything in heaven and on 

February 22, 1975 

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earth was created, not only things visible but 
also the invisible orders of thrones, sovereign- 
ties, authorities, and powers: the whole uni- 
verse has been created through him and for 
him. And he exists before everything, and 
all things are held together in him. . . . For 
in him the complete being of God, by God's 
own choice, came to dwell. . . . This is the gos- 
pel (New English Bible). 
Then Paul goes on to declare that in Christ 
"lie hidden all God's treasures of wisdom and 
knowledge." This is the central core of creative 
and redemptive truth for the Christian, and he 
must see and know everything else in relation- 
ship to this fact. From this center all else may 
flower forth; to this center all must return. The 
Christian claim is all-encompassing, unremitting 
in its absolutism. It announces, as Calvin Seerveld 
says, with "scandalous intolerance," that only by 
confessing that the man Jesus is also the Incar- 
nate Lord of the Universe, "the complete being 
of God," CEin one begin to know and understand 
the universe in which we dwell. 

The Christian claim also declares that when 
these principles of beUef m a created cosmos sub- 
missive to the Creating Lord are energized, char- 
acter is altered, behavior is affected, and the 
sentient spirit of man perceives that wholeness 
can replace fragmentation. One can come to know 
that Indeed the whole is greater than the sum of 
its many parts; that there is a meaning to be 
found, even in the apparent void. In short, when 
one comes to acknowledge that Jesus is Lord, 
faith shapes life and life, in turn, derives its 
essence from faith. 

What makes a Christian school or college dif- 
ferent from its secular counterpart is this very 
reality, a world-and-llfe view that gives purpose 
to a community of scholars. But In a Christian 
institution such a view may not be merely one of 
many options but the categorical Imperative 
derived from the authority of Scripture. 

Last summer my wife and I took our older 
son on a tour of colleges, from the Midwest to 
the East coast. In Michigan we stood on the 
campus of a liberal arts college founded m the 
19th century by one of the strictest Protestant 
denominations. I asked the college representative 
about spiritual concerns within the college com- 
munity and was told that a few years ago chapel 
services had been abandoned; a few years later, 
the office of the chaplain had been abolished, 
along with courses in religion. Then he must have 
noted the dismay in my face, for he briglitened 
with enthusiasm when he told me that, in place 
of what had been discarded, the college now 
offered "the Center for Constructive Alternatives." 
I asked him, "Alternatives to what?" 

The Christian school and college offer the only 
choices for whole persons: the fear of the Lord 
as the beginning of wisdom and personal redemp- 
tion through Jesus Christ. The Christian teacher 
knows that the only alternative to wlsdo-m is 
ignorance; the only alternative to life is death. 

The Christian vocation of teaching 'belongs to 
anyone who acknowledges that he has been called 
by God for a purpose. That purpose may be ful- 
filled within or without the framework of an in- 

stitution professing to hold a Christian view of 
the world and man's place in it. The teacher so 
committed purposes to make his teaching whole 
and wholly Christian. This means teaching that 
integrates who he is with what he knows. 

The Christian world-and-llfe view shows us what 
we were, what we are, and what me may become. 
According to St. Paul, we were estranged from 
God, his enemies in heart and mind. But now, 
he says, 

by Christ's death in his body of flesh and 

blood God has reconciled you to himself, so 

that he may present you before himself as 

dedicated men, without blemish and innocent 

in his sight (Colossians 1:22, NEB). 

This is our state of being before God — this is 

who we are. But how does our state before God 

affect what we know and the way we teach what 

we know? How are learning and teaching bound 

up in the Christian Ufe principles we profess to 


A Christian theory of knowledge begins by as- 
serting that God has a secret he wishes to share 
with men. That secret, Paul tells us, has been 
"kept in sOence for long ages" (Romans 1:26, 
NEB); now it is disclosed in the Person of Jesus 
Christ. The secret, in fact, is Christ himself dwell- 
ing in those who believe and bringing with lum 
"the hope of a glory to come" (Colossians 1:27 

We are pointed to this truth throughout Scrip- 
ture; most imaginatively, perhaps, in Job 28. There 
the poet draws his analogy from the act of mining 
for precious gems. 

Man sets his hand to the granite rock and 

lays bare the roots of the mountains; he cuts 

galleries in the rocks, and gems of every 

kind meet his eye (Job 29:9-10, NEB). 

But WhUe man may probe the darkest depths of 

earth for jewels, he cannot by himself seek out 

and find the jewel of God's hidden wisdom. Man 

has no idea of where to look. 

Instead, wisdom must he a gift of God granted 
through godly fear, an awe wihich Inculcates itself 
through the very force of Divine will, through 
the illumination of Divine Light, through the 
calling forth of the Divine Word. Only thus do 
we come to know what is most needful to know, 
that "the fear of the Lord is wisdom, and to turn 
from evil is understanding" (Job. 28:28 NEB) ; 
only after we have been humbled to yield and 
listen, to take off our shoes, to cry out "Woe is 
me," to ask "Who are you. Lord?" 

When we have acknowledged that Jesus is 
Lord, we rise as new men, possessors of God's 
secret, initiates into the mystery of the Gospel. 
But our experience does not end with revelation, 
which could lead into the culde-sac of ascetic 
mysticism. We are also now men and women 
with a mission, a vocation. Revelation leads to 
proclamation : "Go and tell this people." The sec- 
ret camnot remain locked away in a drawer. 

What is it that we proclaim? Only as much as 

we know, and what we know is who we once were 

and how different we now are and are becorning. 

The marvel I have discovered in my own life is 

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that the more I proclaim, the more I find revealed 
to me; in practical classroom terms, as a teacher 
of literature and composition, the more I teach, 
the more I learn and the greater my desire to 
learn more. 

I speak primarily, but not exclusively, of my 
desire to learn more of Christ through study of 
the Written Word and experience with the Living 
Word. Yet even as I do so, I am also compelled to 
study and learn more about men and the nature 
of the universe — in other words, to study art, 
politics, physics, or any area of human knowledge 
— .because all these belong in the realm where 
Christ is King. 

The Christian vocation of teaching is inex- 
tricably tied to the faith by which we live. The 
Person of Jesus Christ, incarnating the complete 
being of God, is at the center of our Uves, shap- 
ing who we are and what we know. If this is so, 
then in turn, by our very bodily presence, we 
ought to be exemplifying — ^is it too much to say 
incarnating? — the Presence of Jesus Christ. This 

is what we mean when we say that the integra- 
tion of faith and learning must be incarnate in 
the lives of those who believe and live out their 
beliefs in every area of their experience. 

For this same reason the goal of wholeness or 
integration must not become an evangeUcal cliche' 
reserved to scholars. There must be an integration 
of faith with every vocation — the selling of used i 
cars, the making of political decisions. Indeed, we 
must call for the integration of faith and living! 
This will bring about what Elton Trueblood calls 
"the penetration of total life" and what St. Paul 
caUs "compelUng every human thought to sur- 
render in obedience to Christ" (2 Corinthians 
10:5, NEB). 

I). B)iice Lockerbie is a teacher at The 
Stony Brook School, Stony Brook, N.Y. His 
most recent book is THE LIBERATING 
THE GOSPEL (Eerdmans). 


The man sat jusit outside the gate, 

The beautiful gate of the Temple. 

He was twisted and bent, reclining — half spent; 

This horrible, living example 

Of broken and needy humanity. 

Reclining there for the world to see. 

As Peter and John thus came to the gate 

Of the Temple for afternoon prayer. 

With his mournful cry, the man bid them wait 

And put just a coin in the alms-box there. 

He must have been startled when Peter said, 

"No money have we, but we give you instead 

Something far better than money for bread. 

It's the Touch of the Master Healer, you see, 

In the name of Jesus, rise up and be free." 

And with Peter's hand he was led. 

He was now free to leap and to walk and to shout, 

His praises were loud and sincere 

To the Lord who brought this salvation about 

Through His servants who were standing there. 

Something far better than silver or gold? 

"Something far better, Indeed!" he was told. 

Since the hand of the Master Healer touched me 

He bids me walk, that the world may see; 

So now I too can sing and shout 

And tell the world what it's all about. 

Far better than silver or gold to me 

Is the touch of the Master that set me free. 

Delia Davis 
Sarasota, Florida 

February 22, 1975 

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The measure of a real character is what he would i 
do if he knew he never would be found out. 

A child brought up in Sunday School is seldom i 
brought up in court. 

Going to outer space — Instructions free. 

A pearl was originally an irritating pain in the 
stomach of an oyster. We can't send you to the moon. We'll tell you 

how to go to heaven. 
Instant relief from your worries — get right with 

Break the hate habit — Love your neighbor. 
Faultfinding is the worst of professions and the 
least in rewards. 

Reading the fine print in a contract may give i 
Much kneeling will keep you in good standing you an education, not reading it can turn out to 
with God. be an experience. 


PupU: "Teacher, can one be punished for some- 
thing he has not done?" 

Teacher: "Why, of course not, why do you 

Pupil: "Because I didn't do my homework last 

A Sunday School teacher was relating the story 
about Lot being told to take his wife and flee out 
of the city. She went on to relate how Lot's wife 
looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt. 
One little girl raised her hand to ask a question: 
"Teacher, what happened to his flea?" 

Sunday -School Teacher: 
who Noah's wife was?" 
Pupil in the back row: 

"Can anyone tell me 

"Yes, Joan of Arc." 

The following ad appeared in a small-tovim 
paper: The man who picked up my wallet on 
Main Street was recognized. He is requested to 
return it. 

The next day this reply was published: The 
recognized man who picked up your wallet re- 
quests the loser to call for it. 

A panhandler asked a passerby for a dime. The 
man said he didn't have a dime but would gladly 
buy his breakfast. '*Buddy," the panhandler said, 
"I've already had three breakfasts. All I want is 
a dime." 

February 22, 1975 


by Dan Brenner 

If you belong to the Worryus Wartus Family, 
, like our flimsily feathered friend the Warbler, 
there is at least one thing you don't have to worry 
about — ^being alone. Guilt and anxiety are the two 
most common burdens hanging on to the necks of 
people from all nests of life. The weight is so 
heavy, in fact, that mankind has never been able 
to take flight from it. In our attempts to fly we 
usually at best only flutter into each other. The 
balls and chains holding us down twists our paths 
as well. 

Weighted down warblers need help. Until our 
guilt is lifted, we are powerless to operate the 
wings God gave us. Who or what then can remove 
the weight that shackles us? 

Consider those words from the Man who claimed 
to be God: "Come to Me, all w^ho are weary and 
heavy-laden, and I wiU give you rest. Take my 
yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle 
and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for 
your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my load is 

Jesus Christ bore the weight for all of us in 
His death. By accepting our burden of guilt He 
gave us freedom by rising to Uf e after dying under 
the weight. And He asks us to join Him in that 
Ufe by coming to Him and giving Him the guilt 
whi(?h we cannot break free from, by O'Urselves. 
"Ask, and it shall be given to you," He said. "For 
everyone who asks receives." 

And so, members of the Worryrus Wartus Fam- 
ily, give away your ball and chain to the One who 
has already died for them. His yoke is easy and 
His load is light, and through Him your call can 
be: "I have freedom — ^wiith joy — ^with joy!" 

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more denominational support is needed. 
Pennies saved amount to dollars earned. 
If the Brethren Puiblishinig Company can 
conserve the cash flow for cash payments 
on purchases for material and supplies 
a great advantage in extra discount can 
be had and the dollars saved in this man- 
ner may be used to further the work of 
the Kingdom by your Brethren Publishing 


March 8, 1975 

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By Ihe Way 




by Roger Herman 

I walked into the funeral home. The crowd of 
friends and relatives were already there. Ruth, 
Who had lost her ibrother, hurried across the room 
to greet me. "Oh I'm so glad you came", she said, 
giving me a hug as a sorrowing woman often 
will. We sat down, and sorrowfully she shared her 
igrief w:ith me. 

As I hstened, I held her hand giving her support 
and eomfort. In times Hke this it is difficult for 
me to know what to say. However, our presence 
often means more than the words we speaJi, and 
I feel it was so this night. Before leaving, she re- 
quested that I have prayer with the family. I oon- 
sented, and asked God to give them His strength 
and comfort. 

As I drove home, I rejoiced in spirit, for I knew 
God had used me to minister His comfort to her 
in her hour of need. 

Being our toother's keeper is usually expressed 
'better iby what we do, than by what we say. 

Not long ago one of my fellow students took a 
jdb that (required him to move. He thiought he 
could get several feUows to help, but when the 
hour came, he had no one. 

My iwife and 1 both had other things that needed 
to 'be done, but we felt we had a greater respon- 
sibility to our toother and his family. My wife 
kept his children, and fixed a meal for us while 
I helped him load the truck. They were thankful, 
but the tolessiing was ours, for we had seen a 
brother in need and had given of ouarselves to help 
meet 'his need. 

I feel it is imipossible to Ibe my toother's keeper. 
Without putting love mto action. Love always costs 
something. To love our neigthbor as ouxse'lves, is to 
do for him, what we would want done for us, if 
we were in the same situation. This always re- 
quires something of us. It is impossible to be our 
toother's keeper without it costing us either time, 
money, or both. Love is the opposite of greed, 
it is the opposite of selfishness. That is why we 
see so Mttle love being expressed today. It 'Often 
costs more than we are wiiUing to 'pay. I feel this 
reflects our commitment. Little love indicates Uttle 
commitment to God. 

Jesus said it this way, "By this shall all men 
know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love 
one to another". We could say the opposite is also 
true. If we lack love one for another the world 
will know that we are phony discdples. 

I have come to realize that every time we see 
a brother with a need, we make a decision. Either 
we, like the Good Samaritan, oho'ose to ido what 
we can to meet the need, or like the priest and 
the Levite, we choose to avoid the need. We, hke 
them, can choose to go by on the other side, and 
ignore the need as if it didn't exist. After aU, may- 
be the priest and Levite were on their way to 
Church, and didn't want to be late. Aren't our 
excuses often equally as poor? 

Jesus in Matt. 25:31-46, said it very well. To the 
righteous he said, "Come, ye iblessed of My Father, 
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the 
foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, 
and ye gave Me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave 
Me drink: I was a stranger, and ye too'k Me in: 
Naked, and ye clothed Me: I was in prison, and 
ye came unto Me . . . Inasmuch as ye have done 
it unto one of the least of these My toethren, ye 
have done it unto Me". To the others He said, 
"Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, 
prepared for the devU and his angels: For I was 
an hungred, and ye gave Me no meat: I was 
thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink: I was a stranger, 
and ye took Me not in: Naked, and ye clothed Me 
not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited Me not . . . 
Inasmuch as ye did it not to O'ne of the least of 
these, ye did it not to Me". 

Are you your toother's keeper? 

Roger Herman resided in the Wooster, 
Ohio area and attended Northwestern High 
School. He was a student of Malone College 
In Canton, Ohio and graduated with a B.A. 
degree in 1969. He attended Asbury Theo- 
logical Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky for 
one and a half years and is presently study- 
ing for his Master of Divinity Degree from 
Ashland Theological Seminary. 

He and his wife Nancy, who is a registered 
)vurse are the parents of three children and 
Mr. and Mrs. Herman are contemplating 
entering missionary service upon completion 
of his studies at the Seminary. 

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by Larry Bolingen 

Rev. Larrij Bolinger is the pastor of the 
SmithvUle Biethren Chxirch, having served 
this church since late 1973. Previously the 
Bolingers lived in Nigeria, serving as Breth- 
ren missionaries in that country for more 
than six years. During their last term of 
service ivith the Higi people. Reverend 
Bolinger instituted the Lit-Lit program of 
literacy traiyiing and literature production 
mhich is presently being carried forivard 
by Higi pastor, John Guli. 

While listening to a cassette tape entitled, "The 
Sunrise of Missions," available through the Mis- 
sionary Board in Ashland, the speaker talked of 
the feeling of pessimism tiaat many in the church 
voice today. They say that many missionary meth- 
ods are outdated and ineffective. Many mission 
efforts are showing little or no gain and so leaders 
are saying we must place more emphasis on mis- 
sions within our own land. The speaker said that 
there are some groups that have proven very 
effective and that they must be supported. They 
are the working edge in mission. 

It is important for us to support missions and 
especially those who are innovating and succeed- 
ing. Those are the ones who should be given the 
opportunity to represent Christ to a needy world. 

Things are happening! I have seen with my own 
eyes the vast growth of the body of Christ in an 
isolated spot in the continent of Africa. The pessi- 
mists are wrong! Now is not the time to with- 

draw our support from missions and concentrate 
on our local church. Now is the time to find new 
ways to support more fuUy those mission boards 
which have proven successful in reaching people 
for Christ. 

As a pastor in a local church, I as well as each 
one of us must capture the Vision of the open 
fields. Now is a time when the world is turning 
its ear to a message of compassion and hope. The 
message must reach responsive ears! 

For years, we as a body have almost been 
ashamed of the fact that we were Brethren. We 
have made excuses for being small in size as 
denominations go. Let's get rid of those gloomy 
thoughts! We have been richly blessed with a 
board and mission leaders who have possessed a 
vision of the whited fields and they have pressed 
forward in faith. Many of the programs which 
the Missionary Board has originated were 15-25 
years ahead of larger denominations and boards. 

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Look at the reports and see for yourself the 
growth of the outreach of Brethren efforts in 
world imissions. It is phenoimenal! It's nothdng 
short of a miracle. God is a rewarder of faith! 
God has blessed these honest efforts at innovation 
beyond our fondest dreams. 

Now is your time to respond to Christ's call to 
evangeUze! Show that you want to be a part of 
reaching people for CJhrist and helping them grow 
in Him! As an indiividual give, then siiare your 
ideas and vision with others in your church. Work 
to convince others that your local church should 
find better ways to say to the Missionary Board, 
"You've done the job well". 

New missionaries are in training, new minis- 
tries are started, workers in their own lands are 
being trained and encouraged to reach for Christ. 
Is not this what Jesus Christ commanded? Don't 
be caught wondering what might be done today! 
Don't feel that your few dollars are unimportant. 
God is a miracle worker! He uses even the small 
things to complete His kingdom. Give what you 
can right now and ask God to open to you even 
greater ways for you to support Christ's work 
through your church. God wDl bless every effort! 

Others have started, but your capabilities and 
support are needed. Now is your time — reach out 
with Christ through the Brethren Church! 

1975 GOAL 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


by Reverend William Walk 


Recent pastor of the Gratis Brethren 
Church, William Walk and his wife,, Sharon, 
began their missionary candidate training 
on September 25, 197 h at MISSIONARY 
INTERNSHIP in Michigan. They will re- 
main there /?? traijiing for a total of nine 
months and will then attend language school 
in preparation for a Latin America mission 

Along with the passing of January, came the 
passing of the half-way point in our term at 
Missionary Internship. We would like to share 
with you a little of what has been happening and 
to let you know a Uttle more of what Missionary 
Internship is all about. 

We are at Missionary Intership one week a 
month for the candidate training. The week is 
composed of seminars, workshops, study-time, fel- 
lowship and fieldtrips, with each week having a 
central theme. Here are some of the themes we 
have discussed so far, with a brief capsule about 

working on the acceptance oi oneself, his values 
and behaviors, and building trust relationships 
with other people. In building trust relationships, 
we learned the need to be aware that people are 
not necessarily wrong, just different. Our field 
trip was to the Orchard Ridge Campus of Oak- 
land Community Coillege to try to talk with the 
students there to see if a trust relationship could 
be built and what may prevent it from happening. 


working more on understanding ourselves, think- 
ing positively about ourselves, our accomplish- 
ments, both as we see them, and as others see 
them. In looking at our positive accomplisJiments 
we discovered strengths, abilities and gifts we 
possess which are often overlooked when we spend 
time looking at our failures. In order to develop 
a foundation for relationships and accept people 
where they are, we need to accept ourselves. 

ing the concepts of leadership, discipleship and 
planning, along with the skills of group dynamics, 
Home Bible Studies and effective use of time, the 
week centered on effecting change in ourselves 
and others. Change need not be feared bcause God 
does not change (Mai. 3:6) and because I belong 
to Him I am free to change without fear. One 
important session was on setting specific goals, 
and establishing objectives to reach those goals. 

ICATIONS — ^After establishing a Christian view 
of man and using this as a basis, we looked at 

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areas of potential conflict between i>eople with 
differences. Differences, values, view of man and 
how to handle differences all can lead to conflict. 
We discussed means to handle this, to establish 
empathy with the person, in order to move from 
potential conflict and work through that conflict. 

As you can see, all the weeks are designed to 
help us communicate more effectively with people 
of different cultural backgrounds. 

The staff at Missionary Internship has a varied 
background of experiences to share with us and 
to compliment the program. They have served in 
fields such as Nigeria, Jamaica, Philippines, Viet 
Nam, Japan and South Africa; have served as 
leaders, Bible Teachers, Bible translators, church 
planters, etc.,; and are teaching us not only from 
their formal educational experience, but from 
actual experiences. 

Our time at the church is spent in varied rnin- 
istries. Sharon is teaching a weekly Bible Study 
and fills in on the piano for Sunday School. Bill 
assists "with the morning worship services and has 
had opportunity to preach, works with the youth 
groups, visitation and lay training. We are at 
the church and involved every Sunday since the 
training sessions at Missionary Internship are 
from Monday 'through Friday. Steven is busy 

attending nursery school three days a week, tak- 
ing swimming lessons, loves Sunday School and 
is anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new baby. 
The people of the church have been so good and 
friendly to us and we really have grown to love 
each other. 

We have been thrilled to read in The Brethren 
Evangelist of the church growth that is taking 
place throughout The Brethren Church, and are 
anticipating more of it. We also think personal 
Christian growth is a part of this and have been 
experiencing this through our training. As we 
enter this last half we continue to soUcit your 
prayers for us for — 

— continued health 

— open minds and hearts for learning and 

— a continued awareness of God's guidance 
and direction 

— acceptance to language school as 
God directs. 
We often feel quite limited in what we can do 
for God because of our limitations and inadequa- 
cies and I guess you have felt the same, but let us 
turn fro-m our own limitations to the God who 
has none and who is adequate for all needs and 


Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and 
Savior Jesus Christ. 

Time really fUes, another month has gone quick- 
ly without realizuiig. We have been working in 
Island Glades for 2 months now. Many a times, 
we are disappointed and discouraged when there 
are so many people who just refused to hear or 
even receive the tracts. So far no one has come 
to our Sunday morning meeting yet though those 
who are interested had promised to come. It seems 
so hard for them to come. They make all sorts of 
excuses on our return visits. 

Actually, Chinese people always accept the in- 
vitation to visit other peoples' homes, in fact, 
they never would go. The funny thing is the 
person who invites doesn't mean it seriously 
either. Of course our invitations are sincere. 

We are thinking of having home Bible Studies 
at their ho-mes. We know this will take up a lot 
of time, but this seems to be the only way in 
order to keep up our contacts. 

As time goes by, we found out new things about 
the Buddhists. In some ways they are following 
Christianity. They also have the Sunday School, 
believe it or not and they even call the monk 
'priest' and 'Reverend'! The Buddha as 'Lord'! 

Chinese New Year is just less than 2 weeks 
away (Feb. 11). This is the biggest occasion among 
the Chinese communities which has been handed 
down from generations to generations. But the 
Christians do not regard it as big an occasion as 
the Buddhists and idol worshippers. Every family 
would have a reunion dinner on New Year's eve. 
They would bum incense, candles, joss sticks, 
offer food to the idol, then the whole family 
meimber would worship the ancestors, heaven and 
earth and all the household tgods before taking the 
meal. There are a lot of traditional rituals and 
customs still being observed among the Chinese 
in Malaysia. 

May God bless you. 

In His Service, 
David & Jenny Loi 


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Dear Br'ethren, 

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus 
Christ! On December 17, 197 U at 5:00 P.M., 
I was received by Prasanth and all my fam- 
ily members at the Vizag* airport. It tvas a 
joyful occasion to see them all. Praise the 
Lord and thank you for the -prayers for my 
safe return. I reached Rajahmundry by car 
at 9:00 P.M. of the same day. We had a fam- 
ily dinner for all of our family members for 
the first time in five years. 

The flight from Calcutta, India to Vizag 
was delayed for two hours at Bhuvanesivar 
due to the unpleasant odor from airplane 
fumes. It ivas very pentrating to our eyes 
and we had to get out of the plane twice. 
As a whole, my return trip to India was very 
lovely with only one unpleasant incident at 
Hong Kong where my camera was stolen; 
however, I am thankful it had insurance 

After experiencing unusually heavy snow- 
fall of 21" on December ith at Ashland, Ohio, 
I now have been feeling quite warm here. 
India is in its winter season now; however, 
the sun is so bright and I have been having 
a difficult time to face it. I have been re- 
adjusting to the hot and spicy food ivhich 
caused stomach disorder a couple of times. 

The streets of Calcutta, Rajahmundry, 
Vizag, etc. ivere so crotvded with people and 
there is lots of dust in the streets which pro- 
vokes my coughing. 

Since my return I had the experience of 
attending the anniial conference of Evangel- 
ical Fellowship of India at Gauhati (north- 
east of Vizag), going with Prasanth by train 
to Calcutta. Also, I participated in some of 
the Christmas and General Convention pro- 
grams of the Brethren Mission in Rajah- 
mundry. I baptized some people at the Gen- 
eral Convention and gave a message on 
"Salvation". In 1975 I plan to teach half of 
the courses of the Bible Institute at 

I have been to Vizag a couple times for 
surveying the area. It was difficult to find 

K. Vijaya Kumar 

a house and rents are very high. The Lord 
opened the heart of a Hindu (Brahmin caste) 
to rent his hoiise to a Chnstian. There are 
some areas ivhere houses cannot be rented 
by Christians due to the caste system in 
India. The cost of living has soared in India, 
like in so nutny other places of the wo7id, 
and presently costs more to live here than 
in Rajahmundry. 

I am most thankful to have purchased a 
new automobile without any blackmarket in- 
volvement. It is 7-egistered in the name of 
the Brethren Mission. I covered 380 miles 
just to get the car and register it and figure 
that I have already traveled 4,000 miles since 
December 18, 1974. 

Please remember me in your prayers for 
the re-adjtistments to my culture and the 
new missionary work in Visakhapatnam. 
I miss you all. 

Sincerely in Christ, 
Reverend K. Vijaya Kumar 
* Vizag-short expression for Visakhapatnam. 

March 8, 1975 

I'age Nine 


A Home Mission MiniUfij in St Pelefsbiifg, Florida 

Phil & Jean hneh ,.XC 



Sitting prominently in tlie large room at Breth- 
ren House just now is a much smaller house. 

For quite some time I have been wanting to 
help the children understand that in the days 
Jesus lived the life styles were entirely different. 
We have refered to it and alluded to it, but I didn't 
feel the children had reaUy grasped how different 
daily living was when Jesus was a small boy. 

We are currently studying a series about the 
life of Christ and have been incorporating into it 
weekly a segment at the BIBLE TIMES CENTER. 
At this center each week we have several pic- 
tures and cards on a large display board which 
suggest what it was like in Jesus day. 

The first week of our series we studied the 
event of Baby Jesus' dedication in the temple. To 
stress that this was not an incidental thing that 
happened, we focused on the fact that Mary & 
Joseph were responding to what their scriptures 
told them to do: Dedicate their first child to God. 
So each child made a scroU with the Deuteronomy 
verse on it that gives this directive. The Bible 
Times Center showed pictures of scrolls and had 
cards which pointed out that this was proibably 
the kind of thing they used in school as well. 

This week we were calling to their attention 
what Jesus' young childhood might have been 
like. About 20 pictures around the Center indicated 
what kind of house they might have had and what 
kinds of objects they may have had inside. 

Then on a cardtable stood a large box and a 
small box with the tops cut back half way and 

taped together. These were painted brown and 
standing empty. The children were directed to 
look at the pictures and make something to place 
in the model house of Nazareth. Well, they outdid 
themselves. We have such a house!! 

We have clay pottery — ^holding flour; we have 
bed rolls of material ; we have raisin boxes covered 
with wood grain contact paper as shelves; not 
to mention a clay jug with an aluminum foil 
lining filled with water to represent oil, a horn 
hanging from the ceiling to hold oU, animals in 
the smaller box next to the house with their own 
trough of food. (One young lady got so involved 
in the process, she ran to her nearby home to 
get some cracked corn which she then put in clay 

Our house includes a thatched roof over one 
portion and a flat roof in another with a bench 
on it. A one dimensional staircase up the side of 
the house tells an onlooker that the roof was used 
by the family as well. 

In other parts of Brethren House we were also 
considering the activities of a Nazareth home. 
The children could taste sugared dates, grind 
roUed oats between two grinding stones into a 
fine powder for flour, act out the events of a 
typical day in a little boy's life and listen to taped 
stories describing his childhood. 

A most enjoyable learning experience as we 
considered what Jesus' home life might have been 
like when he was about four or five years old. 
— ^Bonnie 

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by J. Perry Deeter 

Inspirational for April 


Scripture Lesson: 

James 1:16-27 

What is your definition of religion? Stop and 
think about or express this at this point. Probably 
each one of us would state this definition in a 
little different way. 

The dictionary lists a:bout four or five defini- 
tions of religion. For this study, we are concerned 
with the one which refers to the "form or rituals 
used in the worship of God." In this sense, we 
think of a "religious" person as one who is very 
faithful in attending worship services, communion, 
prayer meetings, etc., and one who studies the 
Bible frequently and is constant in prayer. You 
have probably read, or heard of, the book, "How 
to be a Christian Without Being Religious" by 
Fritz Ridenour. I cannot quite agree that a person 
can be a real Christian without being religious. 
However, I believe that we would all agree that 
not every "religious" person, or every church 
member, is necessarily a Christian. 

There are many people who think that being 
"religious" is all that is required of them by God. 
They think that the fact that their name is on a 
church membership list, and that they attend and 
support the church regularly, makes them right 
with God. Of course, we acknowledge that these 
things are an Important part of being a Christian, 
but doesn't go far enough. We need to know that 
our names are written in the "Book of Ijfe", as 
a result of our acceptance of Christ as our Lord 
and Saviour. We need to have the assurance of 
our salvation, which is our right relationship with 
God. "Our righteousnesses are as filthy rags". 
(Isaiah 64:6) Many people use religion as a 
"front". They may be religious, but behind their 

religion, they hide sinful acts and lack a real 
spiritual experience. Some people are what we 
sometimes call "Sunday Christians". They are 
very religious on Sunday, but seem to live for the 
devil the other six days of the week. 

The last verse of the first chapter of James 
gives us a definition of "pure religion". "Pure 
religion and undefiled before God and the Father 
is this. To visit the fatherless and widows in 
their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted 
from the world." The verses preceding this one, 
starting with verse 16, give us four different ele- 
ments involved in this "pure religion." 

I. Recognizing God as the Source of All Good 
(w. 16-18) 

In last month's devotional, we learned from 
verse 13 that God is not the source of temptation. 
Now we read in verse 17 that He is the source of 
"every good gift and every perfect gift." Stop 
here and consider this question. "What is the 
difference between God's '*good" and His "perfect" 
gifts?" One idea that is put forth is that the 
"good" gifts are the ones in which most people 
share, but that the "perfect" gifts are spiritual 
gifts that are given only to Christians. "Good" 
gifts would include life itself, husbands or wives, 
children, friends, the necessities of life, (such as 
food, water, clothing, shelter, etc.) and also abil- 
ities and talents that we possess. "Perfect" gifts 
would include salvation, assurance, fellowship 
with the Lord and feUow-Christians, and gifts of 
prophecy, teaching, preaching, etc. 

There are people who think that they are "self- 
made". They studied hard and worked diligently 

March 8, 1975 

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to get ahead in their chosen vocation, and think 
that they did it all themselves, with no help from 
'God. What they forget is that any talents or abil- 
ities they have, or even the physical capability of 
working hard, are all gifts from God. Without all 
these many gifts from our Father in Heaven, 
;we could do nothing. 

\ Verse 17 also tells us that there is no variation 
jin iGod. We all have many friends and relatives 
Whom we care a great deal about, but sometimes 
they may let us down in one way or another. But 
God never lets us down, even though we may let 
Him down at times. He is unchanging. (Hebrews 
13:8) He is faithful. (I Cor. 10:13) Part of the 
"good hfe" that we have been discussing is our 
relationship with our loved ones, friends, and re- 
latives. However, sometimes this portion of the 
"good life" doesn't turn out to be so good, espe- 
cially when we are hurt by someone we love, or 
a friend lets us down. In the final analysis, then, 
jthe really "good life" is our unchanging relation- 
jship to the unchanging God, Who is never unfaith- 
ful to us, and never turns away from us, as our 
earthly friends may do. 

I We might call this relationship salvation. Verse 
18 suggests that this is God's greatest and most 
perfect gift. We don't even earn it or deserve it — 
iit is there free for the taking. We merely need 
to accept this gilt through faith and trust in 
the Lord Jesus Christ. 

II. Exercising Self-control (w. 19-21) 

In verse 19, we are given three very good rules 
by which to live. The first one is "Be swift (or 
quick) to hear." This simply means that we should 
be ready to listen to the other fellow. The second 
rule, "Be slow to speak" is the opposite of the 
first. These two rules complement each other so 
well, that I think we need to treat them almost 
as one rule. I am sure that most of us can say 
that there have been times when we were talking 
when we should have been listening. So many peo- 
ple are so eager to talk — usually about themselves 
or topics that interest them — ^that they don't stop 
long enough to listen to the other person. Many 
times the people who talk the most in a group 
say the least. It may sound odd, but the person 
who listens well, interrupting only to ask a ques- 
tion, often has the reputation of being a good 

"Be slow to wrath" is the third rule that James 
gives us in verse 19. How wise we would be if we 
would always foUow this advice! Verse 20 goes 
on to say "for anger doesn't make us good, as God 
demands that we must be". (The Living Bible) 
If we could just remerrtber these verses when we 
are tempted to "blow our stack", how much better 
off we wo'uld he! 

We are to put aside filthiness and wickedness, 
(v. 21) Further, we are to "receive with meekness 
the engrafted word, which is able to save your 
souls." The Word is a seed and requires clean 
soil in Which to grow. This is not to say that all 
those wiho have received and accepted the Word 
have automatically aJbandoned all filthiness and 
wickedness. But through the power of Christ and 
the Holy Spirit, those of us who have accepted 
this Word, should continually grow as Chxistians 
and come to the place where these things no 
longer are a part of our Uves. 

III. Studying and Obeying the Bible (w. 22-25) 
Here we learn that we are to be doers of the 

Word, not hearers only. God's word is Ukened to 
a mirror If we look in a mirror and walk away 
with no memory of what we have seen there, it 
did no good for us to look at all. Likewise, if we 
read a chapter of the Bible every day just to ease 
our conscience, and don't remember or apply any- 
thing that we have read, we are probably wasting 
our time. We must read and study the Bible to 
gain a knowledge of God's word. However, if we 
gain this knowledge, and then don't obey it, we 
are worse off than the person who disobeys 
through ignorance. (Luke 12:46-48) 

A Christian is to live by "the law of liberty." 
(V. 25) This does not mean that he is free to do 
those things that are not in Une with God's re- 
quirements of righteousness and holiness. He is 
free from the curse of the law. The Christian is 
at liberty to follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit, 
Who dwells within him. He is free to do as he 
pleases, because if God is in complete control of 
his life, what he pleases to do will be in harmony 
with God. The chorus to a hymn that I found in 
our church hymnal helps to convey the message 
of this freedom: 

"Not under law", that could not save. 
But doomed to a hopeless grave: 
"But under grace", where I am free 
Through Jesus Christ, Who died for me. 

IV. Helpfulness to Others and Our Own Purity 
(w.26, 27) 

Verse 26 says that if a man cannot control his 
tongue, his religion is in vain. He is deceiving 'him- 
self, but probably is not footing anyone else. Of 
course, he is not deceiving God. 

"Pure" religion is more than the definition that 
I gave at the beginning of this article. We learn 
from verse 27 that it is the outpouring of Chris- 
tian love to those who are poor and needy and 
unable to help themselves. The situation might be 
different today than in James' day, when the 
widows and orphans were the ones who had an 
unhappy Ufe, and needed to be visited and helped 
in other ways. However, even today there are 
many people whom we can help in one way or 
another. This may be in the form of financial aid, 
visiting shut-ins, comforting those who are in 
sorrow, giving words of encouragement, and many 
other ways that I am sure you can think of. Re- 
member the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:40; 
"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the 
least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto 

One other thing that James tells us that is 
involved in "pure religion" is to keep ourselves 
unspotted from the world. This means that we are 
not to set O'ur heart on the materialisim and carnal- 
ity of those round about us who are not Christians. 
It is natural for us to want to conform to some 
of the things that worldly people do. We don't 
want to be thought odd. If we do yield too much 
to this temptation, the first thing we know, we 
have put God and spiritual interests in second 
place. We have let the world "squeeze us into its 
mold." (Rom. 12:2, PhtU.) On the other hand, if 
we stand fast and keep ourselves unspotted from 
the world, we can continue to live the abundant 
or "Good Life" that the Lord wants us to. 

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get results 
because. . . 

. . instruction in all five divisions: Early childhood (birth to 5 years), Childhood 
('grades 1-6), Youth (grades 7-12), Adult (ages 18 and over), Administration 
(those in leadersJiip) ; is based on a single consistent educational philosophy. 

. Seminar leaders spesik from practical experience. 

. you learn iby doing, not just listening. 

. ICL returns each year with follow-up ihelp. 

. ICL plans ifor both large and small churches. 

. a strong spiritual emphasis underlies every session. 

. varied experiences make learning fun. 

. you go home knowing how to implement the new concepts you have learned. 

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The lOL filmstrip, "WHAT IS AN ICL SEMINAR?," is now available for use 
in Churches on a first come first served basis. This filmstrip is geared to the usual 
Thusday througti Saturday Seminar. Ours will be a special case but the main con- 
cepts are still presented. If you wish to rent this filmstrip and caissette FREE of 
charge, fill out the form below and send to: 


Board of Christian Education 

524 College Avenue 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Dear BCE Staff, 

I would lilie to order the ICL 

SEIMINAR?" for the following date: _ 



cassette, "WHAT 
Alternate date 







We attribute much of our past success of the Summer Crusader Program to 
the fantastic prayer support we have received. Each year an increasing number of 
people pledge to pray daily for a Summer Crusader or Intern. This prayer support 
is that "extra-added-plus" that is needed for these young people who are so willingly 
serving our Lord and our church. Please consider this program as an additional way 
you can >show your envolvement and interest in the youth of our church. 

Please fiU out form and send to: 
Board of Christian Education 
524 College Avenue 
Asihland, Ohio 44805 

Dear BCE Staff, 

I would personally like to join the Summer Crusader Prayer Campaign and 
pledge to pray daily for the Crusader or intern assigned to me. 




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Signal Lights 


Bible Theme: 


Mission Project: 

Radio Program and Literature for Spanish 
Speaking Annericans 

Signal Lights Program for April 

Bible Story: Jesus, the Children's Friend 

(Have various pictures of Jesus and the chil- 
dren on the bulletin board. ) 

"We're going to see Jesus! We're going to see 
Jesus!" the children sang as they skipped down 
the road. 

"Stay close to us. Don't get too far ahead," called 
the mothers. Some of them were carrying small 
babies. They were taking their children to see 
Jesus. They wanted Him to bless them. 

As they came near the place where Jesus was 
teaching they saw a large crowd of people. 

"Look!" said the children. "See all the people?" 

"Yes," said the mothers. "Those people wanted 
to see Jesus, too." 

The disciples saw the mothers and children 
trying to get through the crowd. 

"Go away," they said. "Don't bother Jesus. He is 
busy with the grown-ups. He doesn't have time 
for the children. 

Sadly the mothers turned away. Sadly the chil- 
dren followed. 

Then they heard the voice of Jesus saying, 
"Don't send the children away. Let them come to 
me. I love the children. I always have time for 

Quickly the children ran to Jesus. With a glad 
smile the mothers took their babies to Him. 

He held the babies in His arms. He put His 
hands on the older children and blessed them. He 
was glad the children loved Him. 

Then the mothers and the children started ho^me. 

"We have seen Jesus! We have seen Jesus!" 
sang the children as they skipped happily ahead 
of their mothers. 

"Yes," said a tiny girl, "and He's our friend!" 
—Based on Mark 10:13-16 
Memory Verse: Luke 18:16 

Our meimory verse tells us what Jesus said to 
the disciples when they were sending the Children 

"Let the children come unto me and forbid them 

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Mission Story: A Wetback- 

Did you ever hear of a wetback? No, I don't 
mean when you have a wet back. A wetback is 
a person who comes into the United States from 
Mexico without getting the proper permission to 
enter our country. These people come to work 
for a few months and then return with the money 
they have earned to their homes in Mexico. 

They are called wetbacks because many of them 
cross the Rio Grande r'iver where they do get their 
backs wet. Where the river doesn't separate our 
countries they climb the fence or crawl through 
a hole in it. 

Joaquin is a wetback who came to a ranch near 
Tucson recently. 

One day he was talking to a friend. "After the 
work is done in the evening I have nothing to do," 
he said. "I wish I had something to read." 

"I wrote to Rev. Curtis," the friend said. "He 
gave me the New Testament." 

"Free?" asked Joaquin. 

His friend nodded. 

"My priest at home said the Bible is the best 
book I can read," said Joaquin. "Do you know 
Rev. Curtis' address?" 

His friend wrote down the address for him. 

That very evening he wrote to Rev. Curtis asking 
him for the free reading material. 

A few days later Rev. Curtis visited Joaquin at 
the ranch. 

"I received your letter," Rev. Curtis told him. 
"I have brought a New Testament for you." 

Joaquin was surprised. "You drove out here 
just to see me?" 

"Yes," replied Rev. Curtis. "I would like to come 
every week and help you study the Bible." 

"Good!" said Joaquin. "Let's start right now." 

So Rev. Curtis and Joaquin sat down together 
with the Bible. Rev. Curtis explained how Jesus, 
God's Son, came to earth to live and to die and 
to come to life again to save us. 

Joaquin listened carefully. Finally he nodded 
and said, "I believe what you are saying. I want 
to accept Jesus as my Savior." 

Rev. Curtis prayed. Then Joaquin prayed asking 
Jesus to be His Savior. 

Joaquin is anxious to learn all he can about 
God. Rev. Curtis goes to the ranch every Wednes- 
day evening at 5:00. Together they study God's 

Soon Joaquin will return to his family in Mexico. 
When he goes he will take with 'him the money 
he has earned working for the rancher. But he 
will take something more valuable than that to 
share with his family and friends. He vn\l Share 
with them Jesus the Savior. 

a book revie 



A current topic of much interest is "Church 
Growth". We set goals and plan strategy for 
accompUshing these goals in order to see the 
church grow in numbers. We also recognize that 
the church is the body of Christ and we are the 
members of that body. Therefore, church growth 
is closely related to body growth and here I am 
not referring particularly to the size of the body 
but rather to the strength of the body. 

One way to strengthen a body is to exercise its 
members and each member is exercised along its 
abilities. That is, eye exercise won't help in build- 
ing up endurance and lung capacity, neither wUl 
push ups help build up eye muscles. The first 
thing necessary to buUd up a member of the body 
is to discover the function of the member, and 
before the church can be strengthened the mem- 
bers must discover their function in the body. 

A pair of books which can be helpful in this 
process are: Discover Your Spiritual Gift and 
Use It by Rick Yohn published by Tyndale Hoiuse 
and 19 Gifts of tlie Spirit by Leslie B. Flynn and 
published by Victor Books, a division of Scripture 
Press Publications. 

Both books catalogue spiritual gifts and describe 
the gift as well as its usage. They both have chap- 
ters on discovering what is your gift and the first 
book also has chapters on the purpose of the gifts 
and putting them to use. 

They would be valuable resource matericils for 
a study of spiritual gifts and/or body life. If used 
to help a local church discover the gifts among 
its members and then opens up avenues for those 
gifts to be exercised, body growth can 'he exi>eri- 
3nced along with church growth. 

The Bookworm 

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James 5:13-20 

by Keith Bennett 

How about going on a treasure hunt with me 
today? The treasure I have in mind is found buried 
deep in the Bible, way back in the 5th chapter of 
the practical Christian living manual known as 
James. This is hidden treasure because all to few 
people are well acquainted with what it teaches 
and it is treasure indeed! The treasure in our text 
addresses itself to the reality of healing as it 
appUes to three different kinds of suffering which 
afflict mankind in general and Christians in par- 
ticular. Let us conduct our search for treasure 
as we make the following three discoveries from 
James 5:13-20. 

1. Discovery No. 1 is THE TREASURE OF 
Herein are contained the two major moods of 
mankind. We either feel great, on top of the 
world or, we feel sad. We, for one reason or 
another are suffering. This verse gives proper 
expressions of how we might handle these two 

When we are joyful, where we sense God's 
goodness, the goodness of life, our feelings should 
be expressed by the action of singing praises to 
God. This may be done at church, but even more 
importantly it needs to be done in our homes 
among our families. We all too often voice our 
complaints and criticisms of life and God there. 

The balance of expressing our gratitude is also 
needed and proper. 

However, life does have its sufferings. No one 
has been able to totally understand or answer 
just why there is suffering. Some people wonder 
how an sdl-wise, all-powerful God can allow such 
misery as many experience. One possible answer 
may be that God took a risk when He gave us 
freedom so that mankind does not have to love 
and serve and obey God by force like a puppet on 
a string. Rather, He wants us to learn to do so 
because we want to and because it is right. He 
wants us to exercise our choice wdUingly in wor- 
ship and service. 

James gives us the treasure of a method which 
can get us through the times of intense suffering 
and into an attitude of willing worship and obedi- 
ence in spite of sufferings. Before we look at that 
method, let us reflect on this word suffering in 
vs. 13. 

This word does not refer to physical Ulness — 
to disease. Rather, this word refers to suffering 
evil or to afflictions, being troubled, vexed, de- 
jected in spirit. That suffering originates in many 
sources. It could come from the loss of a loved 
one in death, or through divorce. It could come 
from some personal tragedy like a fire to one's 
home or an economic disaster which leaves a per 
son in financial need. It might originate in an ex- 
ceptionally unhappy childhood causing emotiona 
stress in adulthood. It could come from an obses 
sive concern about the many protolems which con 
cern mankind. Such things as political corruption, 
crime, famine, fuel shortages, inflation and all 
the other current problems. It could come from 
an unhappy and unresolved continuing conflict 
in marriage, where one has a seemingly thought- 
less mate, or where one is so blind to his own 
faults that he seems to be misunderstood and 
mistreated. It could come from loneliness. These 
types of things are what this word suffering has 
reference to. 

What is the hidden treasure which can lead a 
person through such heaviness of spirit into vic- 
tory over the affliction? The answer is so simple 
that many might be tempted to discount it before 
trying it. Vs. 13 gives the method: "IS ANY ONE 
STANTLY PRAY!" This method of overcoming 
and enduring such heaviness of spirit; seeking 
earnestly the joyful, helpful presence of the living 
God, Our Father; in such times, such praying is 
not trite nor is it easy, nor is it instantaneous. 
But it works. 

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There is another dimension lo this type of suf- 
fering. The Christian Scriptures teach that the 
. evil one uses this means of suffering to work on 
-. God's children, seeking to increase and magnify 
i'l their pain at such times, seeking to discourage 
; and then to destroy them. He uses these hard 
; times to malign the character and obscure the 
reality of the Father-God's love, care and power 
in our behalf. This type of experience is like a 
long series of foggy days where the person in- 
volved begins to think the sun will never shine 
again. Some people under the pressure of such 
times go off the deep end. Yet back of the fog 
the bright, beautiful, warm sun is watching and 
waiting for its opportunity. Even so, the warm, 
I loving, powerful Father-God is waiting and watch- 
' ing back of and lin the midst of the awful suffer- 
ing which sometimes afflict His children. Prayer 
keeps us in touch with the Father during the 
stress. He is there whether we pray or not and 
whether we know it or not, but our prayers help us 
to know His presence in some measure during the 
J affliction. Did not Paul the Apostle, a man of con- 
siderable suffering himself once write in II Cor. 1: 

Put this idea to the test! God either means 
this and is able to do it or He isn't! Prayer leads 
us to the reality that God is and God does care 
j for us. If you have prayed and are not yet com- 
forted, teD Him so. Perhaps you'll need to invite 
others to pray With and for you. BUT GOD THE 

II. Discovery No. 2 is THE TREASURE OF 
HEALING FOR SICKNESS. Vs. 14-15. Please un- 
derstand the foUoiwing: In our present form of 
existence we are not eternal. Due to the entrance 
of sin into human nature we are temporal crea- 
tures subject to the limitations of illness and 
death. We all shall experience death or its equiva- 
lent in the experience of rapture at Christ's re- 
turn as we change from one form of existence to 
the coming higher form. In these bodies of tem- 
porariness and death we do experience disease, 
the second form of suffering addressed in James 
5. The discovery of hidden treasure in this section 
addresses itself to human illness of which there 
is an abundance and great variety. 

A human being is always riight to seek the 
■capaible assistance of the ever improving medical 
profession at the time of illness. God uses the 
natural talents, training and skUls of medical 
people to bring much needed healing to mankind 
However, even medical people have the-ir limita 
tions. They can't always solve every human ail' 
ment. Sometimes they can't even locate the prob' 
lem. This is due in part to the fact that we hu 
mans are not merely physical, we have our ©mo 
tional and spiritual nature, too. Sometimes the 
problem originates there. Also, since sin has hap- 
pened and death is the one common experience 
ahead of us all, it is iimpossilhle that medical people 
will ever resolve all of man's health problems. 

The second coming and the new resurrection 
bodies shall do that ultimately and absolutely. 

In addition to seeking the able assistance of 
the medical professions at the time of iUness, a 
Christian is always right to seek another kind of 
help, that of God Himself in a more definite man- 
ner. Vs. 14-15 reveal this hidden treasure, this ad- 
ditional method: "IS ANY AMONG YOU SICK? 
verses contain a Brethren distinctive doctrine 
known as the anointing service. The Brethren 
have practiced this service since their beginning 
in 1708. It's interesting to note that is the last 
50 years such mainline churches as the Lutheran 
the Catholics and the Presbyterians are rediscov- 
ering this dimension of healing. We Brethren 
have been doing this for 266 years. 

Let me caution you here. Please don't confuse 
this service with the Catholic practice of extreme 
unction. The anointing service is not the service 
of last rites preparing a person for death. Rather, 
it is preparing them for life on a renewed scale. 
God's will for man is health. Disease is an invader 
since sin. Many, many times through medicine and 
through the anointing service God defeats evU 
and restores health. But not always! Just as med- 
ical men are limited so that they can't heal every- 
one, so also is the anointing service limited. Not 
everyone who requests it is physically healed, 
though many are. We are caused by this fact to 
bow the knee in submission to the Sovereign Lord 
who does in His wisdom and concern have the 
final say. In the case of the anointing there is a 
spiritual healing as well as a physical and the 
true respondent does always have spiritual heal- 
ing and many times physical healing. Even Paul, 
great man of faith that he was, prayed 3 times 
for healing of his illness only to receive the word, 
"My grace is sufficient for you." Thus we obey 
the Scriptures, we seek healing, believing that it 
will come and if it does not, we bow the knee to 
God as Lord! and when it does, we thank Him. 

Notice now concerning the anointing service. 
The responsibility for requesting it is in the hands 
cif the sick person. He must initiate the request, 
it is to be his desire. If he or she is unable to do 
so ibut probably would want to, then a family 
member or close friend may do so. That only 
applies when the person is unable to ask for him- 
self and where no family is available. This service 
is not for a sick person because a friend desires 
it, rather the person himself must seek it if able. 
Beware of pushing this too aggressively on others. 
A gentle suggestion and then drop it is aU that 
should ever be done. In vs. 14 God puts the respon- 
sibility on the sick person, the vs. says: "IS ANY 
refers to pastors in our church igovemment. When 
there are two or more resident pastors in a g'iven 
congregation they are to be sent for toy the re- 
questing ill person. They represent the congrega- 
tion wtho should pray in support. If there is only 

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one, then a Deacon or Deaconess may assist the 
pastor. The available people go to the sick room, 
whether in a hospital, nursing home or home. 
They make their plans ahead oi their arrival. If 
at the hospital or a nursing home the staff is 
notified of the patient's request and every pre- 
caution is taken to not hinder hospital routine and 
to assure privacy. Once in the room, a few appro- 
priate remarks are made by the pastor. The Dea- 
con or other pastor reads James 5:13-18. Then 
silent prayer is engaged in allowing the sick per- 
son to confess any sin, or make special requests 
to God. Vocal confession is permitted but not 
pushed. Next, the Assistant pours a few drops of 
olive oil on the pastor's left hand. The pastor says 
THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN. At the naming of 
each person of the Holy Trinity, the pastor applies 
oil to the forehead of the sick. Then the pastor 
and Deacon gently lay their hands on the head 
of the sick and pray the prayer of faith for heal- 
ing. The prayer of faith is the prayer which be- 
lieves God will heal this person. That faith claims 
healing for the person and looks for it, yet always 
submitting to the Sovereign wisdom of God. The 
Scriptures do promise THE PRAYER OF FAITH 
and death are in our world because of human 
sin — the reality of the fall of man. Some, but not 
all, sickness can be traced in some cases to some 
particular sin in a person's life. That sm when 
confessed and forsaken is forgiven and many 
times this spiritual cleansing assists the person 
on the way back to health. Vs. 17 illustrates this 
prayer of faith from the life of Elijah the prophet. 
He was a man of like nature to our own. He knew 
discouragement and depression and other human 
failings, yet he had faith in God and he prayed 
fervently that it might not rain for 3^,4 years in 
Israel as a warning to her continuing sin. The 
Bible records that that was what did happen. He 
prayed again and rain came bringing forth fruit 
from the ground. God listens to the prayers of 
the righteous. The righteous are those who by 
faith claim right relationship with God through 
Jesus Christ. Such people are exhorted to fervent 
prayer during suffering, to pray during disease. 
The Word of God tells us that the prayers of 
righteous people have great power in its effects. 
God does listen and He does answer within the 
limits of what the entrance of sin has ordained 
for our human condition. 

ni. Discovery No. 3 is THE TREASURE OF 
HEALING FOR SINS. Vs. 16-20. There is another 
form of suffering dealt with in this hidden treas- 
ure box. That is the suffering caused by personal 
sin. Christians who want to be whole and who 
know that they are not totally so, are instructed 
to confess their sins one to another and to pray 
for one another that healing might happen. This 
instruction must be used with discretion. There 
must be a trust relationship from Christian to 
Christian before this kind of honesty and prayer 

can happen. Some people might use such informa 
tion in a destructive way if that trust is not 
present. ' 

Vs. 19 si>eaks of yet another problem. That of' 
the brother who errs by wandering from the one 
saving truth of the gospel. This wandering may be 
by listening to and propagating false doctrine — ! 
doctrine inconsistent with Biblical revelation. Then 
again it may be the sin of professing Christ as 
Savior and then wandering from that truth by in- 1 
activity and dormancy. Or further, that wondering 1 
may be expressed by living a life of habitual sin 
whether in sexual sin, stealing, lying, gossiping, | 
covetousness, or whatever other moral breakdown. | 
It should be the concern of everyone in the body 
of Christ for everyone else so that all of us are i 
seeking to bring such wanderers back to the one 
saving truth of the gospel. The burden for this 
work is upon the group called MY BRETHREN— 
that is, the entire local church membership. j 

THE MEiTHOD used is mainly prayer, fervent 
prayer for such, followed by attempts at caring, 
in visits made, kindnesses offered, and admonition. 

BACK TO JESUS. Let's pray now for one such 

Rev. Keith Bennett is the pastor of the 
Fi)-st Brethren Church in South Bend, Indi- 
ana liaring served formerly in the pastorate 
at Trinity Brethren Church of Canton, Ohio. 

He u'as formerly Chairman of the Execu- 
tive Committee of the General Conference 
Organizatimi of the Brethren Church and is 
presently serving as a member of the Peace 

March 8, 1975 

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The Christian leaders of the world, of evangel- 
ical persuasion, met in conference in Berlin in 
' 1968 and m Lausanne, Switzerland, 1974. 2700 
delegates from 150 nations met together to con- 
sider world evangelization. These meetings were 
all sponsored primarily by the Billy Graham 

The "Continuation Committee" for world evan- 
gelism has now developed from these two con- 
gresses. The reason for the committee is not at all 
a worldwide organization but a committee to func- 
tion between churches, missionary boards, con- 
ferences, etc., in order to facilitate the work of 
world evangelism. 

The mem'bership of this Council wiU be built up 
to 200 in order to make it more representative 
of all major countries, denonainations, and func- 
tional interests. 

Bishop A. Jack Dain of Sydney, Australia, who 
was executive chairman of the Lausanne Congress 
has been unanimously elected chairman of the 
Continuation Committee until the next meeting 
of the Committee. This meeting is expected to be 
held early in 1976. 

The report issued by the Committee stated, "In 
order to help evangelicals to set their goals and 
work toward their attainment, the Continuation 
Committee anticipates the formation of Regional 
Committees for world evangelization as envisaged 
in the Lausanne Covenant." The report continued 
by emphatically stating that the Continuation 
Committee was convinced that the Spirit of 
Lausanne was so opposed to the bureaucratic 
model that it "encouraged and/or authorized its 
merribers in each major religion of the world 
unitedly to form regional networks." It stated 
that in this way "the ministry of Jesus Christ 
through His Church wUl be most effectively 
carried out." 

During the Mexico City meeting the group 
several times divided into regional groups to 
consider what goals could and should be set for 
the next few years, and what resources and 
structures would be needed to attain them. 

A wide diversity of desirable goals was men- 
tioned. Virtually all the regional groups were 
anxious to see fresh cooperative Initiatives taken 
in cross-cultural missions, in development of reg- 
ional and national strategies for evangelism, and 
in motivating and training both clergy and laity 
for active evangelism. 

In addition to this primary emphasis on evan- 
gelization, several groups asked for an linforma- 
tion network, for evangelistic tools, and for some 

coordination among evangelical relief and devel- 
opment agencies. 

The African and Asian groups stated the need 
to strengthen Biblical tlieological education at all 
levels and to provide more scholarships. 

The Latin American and European groups were 
concerned to increase evangelical influence in the 
mass media and to secure better training facilities 
in communication. 

In the Arab world and elsewhere, more full-time 
national evangelists are needed. 

The European group reiterated the importance 
of continuing the discussion begun at Lausanne in 
such areas as Christianity and culture, evangelism 
and social action. Christian ethics, and the renewal 
of the Church. 

Dealing with the mandate and role of the Con- 
tinuation Committee, the report stated, "The basis 
of our coming together was our common evan- 
gelical commitment to Biblical doctrine and duty, 
especially as these are defined in the Lausanne 
Covenant. We are grateful to God that throug'h 
free and wide-ranging discussion we have been 
led to a common mind about the next steps of 
What we hope will be an unfolding process. 

"Signatories of the Lausanne Covenant have 
committed themselves 'to pray, to plan and to 
work together for the evangelization of the whole 
world." To this end the Covenant urged 'the de- 
velopment of regional and functional cooperation 
for the furtherance of the Church's mission, for 
strategic planning, for mutual encouragement, and 
for the sharing of resources and experiences.' 

"We have been encouraged to hear of numerous 
initiatives which have already been taken in differ- 
ent parts of the world. The Covenant has been 
published in many languages, is being widely 
studied, and attempts are already being made to 
implernent its reco^mmendations. 

"The Continuation Committee understands as 
the Covenant indicates, that 'the furtherance of 
the Church's mission' means the encouragement 
of all God's people to go out into the world as 
Christ was sent into the world, to give themselves 
for others in a spirit of sacrificial service, and 
that in this mission evangelism is primary. More 
than that, within our primary task of evangelism, 
our two particular concerns and burdens must be 
the 2,700 million unreached peoples and the O'ther 
millions of people in nominally Christian areas 
who have not yet heard or responded to the true 

From LCC News release 
January 27, 1975 

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April, 1975 


by Mrs. Pat Rifcheyi 


Section I 

The ''Hot Line' 

(Leader's Note: Before beginning this pro^gram, 
see flhat each person has a pencil or pen and a 
piece of paper half the size of this page. ) 

Everyone knows the President of the United 
States of America has a "hot Une" telephone. He 
can pick it up and instantly be in contact with 
his military advisors at the Pentagon. 

Many important men in large industries also 
have similar "hot line" telephones that are con- 
nected directly to someone else's phone. There is 
no party line waiting, no one else to pick up the 
phone and eavesdrop. Confidential information 
and conversations can be held in an instant with 
the one particular person that is needed. 

God is hke that! There is no busy signal with 
God! Isn't it great? Any time, all times, no party- 
line waiting or eavesdropping. Just instant con- 
tact with the One you need! 

(Leader's Note: Select someone to read the 
foUowing Scripture.) 

Please read Mark 5:25-34 aloud as others in the 
group follow along in their Bibles. 

This scripture is a familiar one. I'd like to ex- 
amine the motivation that caused this woman to 
leave her home (where a sick person was expected 
to stay to keep from contaminating others), to 
chance being recognized in the throng and ridi- 
culed, to hope that this time she would receive 
the healing that she had been seeiking for twelve 

Please take your Bibles and read verses 25 and 
26 of Mark 5. These verses give you her condition, 
which is described as an issue of blood which she 
had had for twelve years, and her need which is 
healing. She had tried doctor after doctor, spent 
all her money and only grew worse. 

Read verse 27. She heard about what Jesus was 
doing for others. BUnd people could see again, 
lepers were cured, cripples walked and leaped. 
Surely one who could do these things would be the 
one who could cure her, too. Hope sprang into her 
poor heart once more. This was such an urgent 
hope that she felt compelled to go immediately to 

find Jesus. She disobeyed the Jewlsih laws Iby leav- 
ing her home. These laws kept disease from spread- 
ing among people. She was careful, though, that 
she was not conspicuous. She made her way 
through the throng of people that followed Jesus. 
She came to him, but she was behind him. That 
was good enough! She surely did not want to be 
publicly recognized! She reached out. There! Her 
fingers touched Jesus' clothing. In her mind she 
just kept repeating the words we find in verse 
28. "If I may touch but ihis clothes, I shall be 

In verse 29 we read that she was healed, in- 
stantly. She felt it in her body. She was healed of 
the terrible illness that had plagued her for twelve 
years. This must have happened extremely fast, 
but she was not the only one who had felt her 
healing. Verse 39 says that Jesus immediately 
turned around and spoke out, asking, "Who 
touched my clothes?" 

Read verse 31. Can't you see the disciples? To 
them it was an utterly ridiculous thing to ask. 
So many people pushing in so closely, how could 
he possibly want to know who had touched his 

Jesus knew for whom he was looking. Verse 32 
shows us that he turned his gaze upon her. 

Verse 33 shows us a picture of a woman wiho is 
overwhelmed. She is shaking, filled with fear, 
wondearing if she has done something wrong and 
knowing that the thing she fears most, public 
attention, has happened. She speaks the truth, 
telling Jesus everything. She places herself at 
his feet, a position that one uses when they areJ 
seeking mercy of another person. I 

Verse 34. What a strange way to deal with this ' 
poor woman. Christ has made her a public ex- 
ample, now he teUs her that she can go, that her 
faith has healed 'her, and that she may go in 

Can you see the wisdom in this? Many times 
before this same woman had hoped and even had 
confidence that this time this doctor would be 

iMarch 8, 1975 

I able to help her. Perhaps she even felt better for 
a while after she had seen the doctor, but always 
before, the symptoms returned. Each time she 
saw another doctor she dared to hope but always 
held doubt in her mind of her healing, and as she 
doubted and her symptoms returned or grew worse 
she established a pattern of response to the 

Had Jesus not made an object of her, had he 
not forced her into admitting her faith in him and 
then confirmed with her that what she had felt 
he had felt also, she may again have gone home 
with the pattern of doubting taking over in her 
life. She would have looked for symptoms to re- 
turn, in a sense she would have been denying her 
own healing and providing Satan an opportunity 
to deceiver her. 

I view this woman's experience as prayer in 
action. Let me outline for you what I mean. 

The woman recognized her own CONDITION 
and NEED. 

She RESONDED by hearing, coming, and 

Her FAITH was expressed by saying "If I may 
TOUCH but his clothes, I shaU be whole." 

HE AT, TNG was given in direct response to her 

At this time each girl should take her paper 
and pen out. From the top to the bottom of the 
paper draw a line down the center of the paper. 
At the top over the left column write these words : 
If This Condition is Met:. At the top over the 
right column, write these words: This is the 
Result. When you have completed the headings 
on your paper please look up the foDowing scrip- 
ture references. Write the scripture reference at 
the left margin of the paper on the line which you 
will use to begin your entry. When you find the 
verse, write out the condition to be met in the 
left column on your paper. Then, write out the 
result from that reference in the right hand 
column. After you finish one verse, draw a line 
clear across the paper from left margin to right 
under what you have written. Make your next 
entry as you have done for the first reference, and 
continue until you have completed the list of 

Matthew 21:21; Matthew 21:22; Matthew 18: 
19; Matthew 18:20; James 1:5-6; James 5:13; 
James 5:14-15; James 5:16; John 15:7; I John 

The following is an example of how your paper 
should appear: 

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(Leader please read the following section aloud. 
Allow ample time for people to respond to the 
statements made.) 

Read Hebrews 4:14-16 

Please stand in a circle, then turn your back 
to everyone else. 

Now let's think back to the outUne of the 
who acted out prayer. Each person here must 
look in her own heart as we think on the following 
thoughts : 

What is YOUR CONDITION today? As you 
have read the scripture promises of Jesus about 
prayer do you measure up to any of them? Be 
real with God. 

What is your NEED, today? Think it out clearly 
in a one sentence statement. 

Are you RESPONDING to Jesus? Are you 
runrling with your NEED to touch Jesus with it? 
If you have not yet, do so now, RESPOND to 

Express your FAITH in a way that you can 
beUeve Jesus can meet your need. Put it in one 
sentence, such as "I believe that Jesus can do 

(fUl in the blank) in order that my 

(NEED) can be met." 

Now is the time to acknowledge your NEED 
being met in whatever form it has taken. Healing, 
solutions to problems, assurance, or whatever 
Jesus has done for you. 

Please turn around to face the others again. 
Several of you may wish to share at this time 
how Jesus has met your NEED today. 

When you are finished sharing, join hands and 
sing an appropriate Praise song such as "Let's 
Just Praise the Lord". 

Two books I suggest to read about prayer are: 

Hot Line to Heaven by Frances Gardner Hunter, 
published by Warner Press and Prayer, Convers- 
ing- With God by Rosalind Rinker, published by 
Zondervan Corporation. 

If This Condition is Met: 

Matt. 21:21 If you have faith and 
doubt not — 'If you say to moimtain 
be removed 

This is the Result. 

It shall be done. 

Matt. 21:22 

(Please do a neat jdb so that when you are fin- 
ished this little chart can be used frequently. I 
expect that you may be as fascinated by it as I 
have been.) 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

by Mrs. Pauline Benshoff 


Perhaps some "seed thoughts may help us to 
establish a more disciplined hJe, making room 
for the most important part that can save a lot 
of heartaches as we grow. We might even appre- 
ciate the "quiet place." It can be any place we are 
alone with God. Where is yours? When was yours? 
Think about this little poem as we begin our les- 
son this month. 

On Priorities 
We take time to eat, We take time to sleep; 
But to pray, we're in a hurry; 
But we'll suffer loss. Our time will be dross, 
And our lives a continual worry. 

The Bible Lesson: Let's read responsively Mat- 
thew 26:36-46. 

Conversational Prayer: Take time to pray for 
each girl there and see the difference prayer 

Leader's Opening Remarks: As we were read- 
ing the Scripture lesson together this evening, 
were you thinking as I was about how much time 
Jesus spent in prayer during His life on earth. 
He prayed early in the morning and late at night. 
He sacrificed sleep for prayer. On the night of 
the Crucifi.xion, he went to the Garden of Geth- 
semane to pray. Many times we faU to continue 
to be in prayer just like the disciples did that 
night. Jesus really needed their prayer support 
and they let Him down. "God's Minute" at the 
beginning of the day is better than no prayer at 
all, but a quiet hour will do more. God has a plan 
for your life, but you'll never know what it is 
unless you talk to Him about it. 

Let's plant some "Seed Thoughts" to deter- 
mine where we all stand and what we all need to 
do to improve our spiritual selves and grow in 
grace. Jesus prayed until the Will of God became 
clear to Him. 

First Seed Thought: When a person is spirit- 
ually born again he or she starts a new life similar 
to that of a new born infant in the physical world. 
The very same rules that promote health in babies 
must be followed by the new Christian if he would 
enjoy robust spiritual growth. I'm thinking about 
DAILY FOOD— "The pure rrdlk of the Word." To 
get this food you must study the Word and assim- 
ilate it by meditating upon it. (11 Tim. 2:15 cUid 
I Peter 2:2) 

Second Seed Thought: Without good FRESH 
AIR, who can live very long? So fresh air is essen- 
tial and it is obtained through daily prayer. Prayer 
is the "oxygen of the soul". The scriptures teach 
us that if we don't have it, we will "faint". (Luke 
18:1 and I Thess. 5:17 » Everytime you breathe it 
should be a reminder of how much or how little 
you have grown spiritually. Isn't it refreshing to 
be in the company of new and fresh thoughts 
exhumed by an alive Christian? Read the scrip- 
tures, read good Christian books and magazines 
and pray. This is the only way to breathe in the 
Lord's goodness, then you must be willing to let 

your life overflow into the lives of others. But 
you know as well as I that you don't go far on an 
empty oxygen tank. Prayer is the Fresh Air you 

Third Seed Thought: We need EXERCISE. 
When we don't get enough exercise we tend to 
get fat and lazy. When we aren't about our Fath- 
er's Business in the Christian life, we also get lazy 
and the witnessing goes undone, the choir couldn't 
sing because young people didn't show up for 
practice, few people attend the regular services 
of the church and all because we're fat and lazy. 
Fat on our own worth and Lazy for the glory 
of the Lord. How much have you exercised lately? 

Fourth Seed Thought: We are to rely on the 
Lord at all times. REST is relying on the Lord in 
simple faith. Jesus said "Take my yoke upon you, 
and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in 
heart; and ye shall have rest in your souls." (Matt. 
11:29) Also in Psalm 37:7a we read, "Rest in the 
Lord and wait patiently for Him." In verses four 
and five of Psalm 37 it reads, "Delight thyself also 
in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires 
of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; 
trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass." 
Those words surely bring rest to your so^uil and 
peace to your mind for you've put your life in 
His Hands. 

Fifth Seed Thought: How wonderful it is to 
have CLEAN SURROUNDINGS. Babies must have 
them. So must you as a Christian. Avoid evil com- 
pany and any evU environment that tends to 
soil the soul. (I Cor. 15:33 says, "Be not deceived; 
evil communications corrupt good manners." 
II Cor. 6:17, 18 says, "Wherefore come out from 
among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord". 
And Psalm 51:10 says "Create in me a clean heart 
O God: and renew a right spirit within me. Let's 
perform some Spiritual ecology and care for God's 
property as we should, that includes body, soul 
and spirit. You are His you know. 

Sixth Seed Thought: Have REGULAR CHECK- 
UPS. Mothers are constantly checking their chil- 
dren's physical being. Wouldn't it be great if we 
checked up on everyone that often for spiritual 
difficulties. Is your life all cleaned up, sins for- 
given and all in order? Jesus is waiting at the 
Checkup place (your "quiet place with Him") to 
help get your spiritual self straightened out. Talk 
with Him often. Don't wait for a crisis to occur, 
He's interested in the little things that bug us 
every day. 

Let's sing Oh How I Love Jesus softly and let 
this chorus close your meeting. 


Refreslunents: (While your hostess is getting 
refreshments ready, hand each girl a slip of paper 
and" on the paper tell her to spell the word 
PRAYER vertically. Each letter to be the begin- 
ning of a word or a part of a sentence so that after 
you finish putting the words together it will tell 
What you think prayer is or What it means to you.) 

laich 8, 1975 

Page Twenty-three 


like Dorcas . . . 

'Good Works and Almsdeeds 

Back in 1965, Mrs. Charles Munson, who had 
ibecome concerned with World Relief, began sewing 
to help the needy in deprived countries. Gradually, 
she aroused other women of the Park Street 
Church (Ashland) and communicated to them a 
like concern for this service. 

At first, the only place available for the work 
was in the area which had previously served as 
the church's coal room; however, with conversion 
to gas heat, the room was renovated and adapted 
to sewing activities. 

Of course, converted coal rooms aren't equipped 
for sewing production lines; hence, there were 
no places to store materials or finished products. 
At this point, the church's volunteer construction 
man, Mr. Fixit (L. E. Lindower), took over, pro- 
viding shelves, cupboards, etc., to expedite the 
worthy enterprise. 

Also, having only one or two sewing machines 
available kept production slowed down. Now there 
are nine machines m this busy workshop, three 
of which the resourceful workers secured with 
Tap Value stamps. 

Today, ten years later, a group meets regularly 
on Thursday mornings from nine until twelve, 
sewing for those in need. They make comforters, 
do quilting, and construct all sorts of garments 
for men, women, and children; shirts, dresses, 
gowns, blouses, shorts — aU from donated ma- 
terials. These ingenious workers appear to be 
capable of performing magic, with little or noth- 
ing, from our left-over or discarded materials. 

Some of the women from Brethren Care provide 
assistance in their enterprise by cutting patches 
for and knotting co-mforters, as well as by filling 
piUows the sewmg group make. The church 
women, to show their gratitude, served a dinner 
for their helpers from Brethren Care. 

Although these women meet primarily to work, 
at about ten o'clock on sewing days, the tradi- 
tional coffee break supplies refreshment Which 
the women take turns bringing. The short inter- 
lude rests tired eyes and lingers while providing 
a welcome tune for sociaUzlng. Generally Pastor 
Beekley and Minister of Education Jimmie Geas- 

len can be prevailed upon to leave the study briefly 
and join them to sample the goodies. 

These women are displaying the love that Chris- 
tians show for others. (Already 905 pounds have 
been sent to those in want.) Aida May Munson 
is to be heartUy commended for initiating this 
program and the church women for faithfully 
following through with it. Any women in the com- 
munity who might be interested in this enterprise 
are most cordially welcome to join with them. If 
one were to ask our women thus busily engaged 
how great is their concern for World Relief, they 
would doubtless reply, "Oh, sew, sew." 

— il 

Mrs. Ruth Mundorf demo7ist rates that a 
Singer can do more than make music. With 
this one she is creating a colorful pilloiv for 
Brethren Care. 

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by Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Board 


(Part 3 of 5) 


[During Christmas vacation in 1973 John 
Holmstrom and Bill Baker of the Ford Motor 
Co. traveled to Ujyper Volta and Niger, two 
African countries caught in the grip of a six- 
year-long drought. The jnirpose ivas to make 
a film depicting tragic conseqiiences — hun- 
ger, malnutrition, star'vation — of the unpre- 
cedented di"ii spell. 

The film was iised by the Woj'ld Relief 
Commission to produce the movie shoivn at 
Gerieral Conference last year — "Africa: 
Dry Edge of Disaster." It is still available 
for showing in local Brethren Churches at 
no charge. Write: World Relief Commission, 
Box UU, Valley Forge, Pa. 19481. Following 
is part 3 of Mr. Holstrom's diary.] 

December 28, 1975 a few months there would be little if any millet 

Last night we stayed in the home of missionary as the crops had not come in this year and there 

Herib NeiLson. In the morning he takes us to a had been none to store last year. Bill and I are 

partially deserted village which I film. I clamber suddenly aware tliat without any help these vill- 

into a millet storage hut to find only a few pathetic agers will starve to death in a few months. They 

stalks at the bottom. Normally it should have been have very little millet left, only enoug^h for a 

full to provide eight or nine months of food to month or so. No crops will come in to replace the 

the family. I also film a zombie-like boy, his eyes present supply. Even if it does rain, no crops 

empty, stornaoh distended, and his hair starting wiU grow at this late date. There is no work in 

to turn red, the classic signs of malnutrition. the area because there are no plants, factories, 

After fUrning him BiU and I surreptitiously give stores, or anything else, 
them some crackers which he wolfs down with After filming we depart for Ougadougo and an 
no expression. We have to be careful about hand- overnight stay before we go to Niger. I look out 
ing out food. The missionaries say if you gave to the window at the forlorn, empty huts vacated 
one you could start a stampede or if you gave by the villagers. If I lost my job, my savings, my 
them the wrong food, it could hurt their digestive car, my belongings, I could figure numerous ways 
system. This was the case recently when well to survive. I could wash cars, pick up pop bottles, 
meaning American aid provided some Africans cut lawns, borrow money from friends, move in 
with a low grade sorghum for cattle. Since their with my parents, or brothers, but these Africans 
cattle had died, they ate the sorghum and many . . . where can they go, what can they do? Now, 
died from food poisoning. I think, as I balance out my middle-class, college- 
The village is partially deserted. Half the occu- educated experiences with the reality of life in 
pants have moved north in hopes of finding better a drought-stricken country, I understand how un- 
living conditions and jobs. Most of the kids in the portant our project is. Only through this film 
village are spindly but only a few look really can Americans understand droug'ht and its 
undernourished. The missionaries explain that in consequences. 

March 8, 1975 

Page Twenty-five 

With Tom Bums at the wheel our car hixrtles 
towards Ougadougo. Tom likes to drive on the 
wrong side of the road. I am too tired and over- 
whelmed by my thoughts to care. Tom reassures 
us by saying, "There always seems to be fewer 
bumps on this side!" Who am I to argue with 
someone who has driven in Africa 27 years? 

In Ougadougo we stay at the Independence 
Hotel. It is occupied by French people and the 
swimming pool is full of dirt as a result of the 
dust that hangs over the city. In contrast to the 
food we get from the imissionaries' homes, the 
hotel food is poor. I go right to bed but Bill goes 
souvenlor hunting. 

December 29, 1975 

The trip to Niamey, Niger, takes seven hours 
and is broken only iby a stop along the road for 
lunch. Tom has a large "chop box" as he calls it, 
and quickly cooks up pork and beans. Along with 
bread, potato chips and water, we enjoy a filling 
meal. The missioinaries are supported by various 
groups and churches and never leave America 
without enough money and supplies for their 
tours in foreign countries. Thus, they have ample 
supplies even though the local food sources 

The missionaries' prime purpose is to convert; 

people to Christianity. But now they are involved 
in various programs, the WORLD BELIEF COM- 
MISSION being one, to alleviate the effects of 
the drought. They must not only run their church- 
es, schools, and educational programs, they must 
minister to nations that are slowly starving and 
to help set up ways to keep these people aUve. 

As we eat we are joined by several boys from 
a nearby vUlage and they silently watch. One 
youth has a cane and his lower legs are twice 
the normal size. I give the boys some cheese and 
raisins and they wave good-bye to us as we pull 
back onto the road to Niger. 

After several hours we stop in front of two 
battered steel drums holding a long, 'bent pipe. 
It is the border, and the heat of the day prevents 
the guards from leaving their border station. 
Tom takes all our passports in and 10 minutes 
later the pipe is dropped and we head into Niger. 
Tom tells us that crossing borders can be a prob- 
lem, particularly if you axe making a film. Several 
countries, Mali and Mauritania, were not allowing 
film crews into their countries, due to the horrors 
that were evidently commonplace as a result of 
the drought. African governments, inexperienced 
in disaster reUef, have made serious mistakes and 
do not wish the western world to make fUm 
repoirts about It. 

VALLEY FORGE, PA.— Sarrie Doyle, a journal- 
ist with experience in both the seciilar and relig- 
ious press, has been named Director of Commun- 
ications for the World Relief Commission, Execu- 
tive Vice President Everett S. Graffam has 

Mr. Doyle was formerly assistant news editor 
of Christianity Today, a prestigeous evangelical 
publication. He has also served as a general news 
reporter for two of Canada's largest newspapers, 
the Toronto Daily Star and the Toronto Telegram 
and was religion editor for the Kitchener-Waterloo 
Record in Kitchener, Ontario. 

The Valley Forge-based World Relief Commis- 
sion is the overseas relief arm of the National 
Association of Evangelicals representing more 
than 38,000 churches and providing relief to dis- 
aster-stricken areas of the world. World Relief 
Commission has played an important part in the 
distribution of food, medicine, clothing, and other 
supplies to sub-Sahara Africa, Bangladesh, Viet- 
nam, Honduras, and other nations ravaged by 
natural disaster or war. In addition, WRC has 
provided leadership to assist nations in long-term 
relief, nutrition clinics, day care and vocational 
training centers and a major project of a 120 
bed children's hospital in Vietnam. 

At the Commission Mr. Doyle's duties will in- 
clude pubUc relations, coordination of all com- 
mimications activities, including production of 
radio and television materials. 

iFroan WRC News release 
February 5, 1975 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

Church Growth Chronicle 

Goals and nurrtbers — ^unspiritual? 

Numbers and mathematical references have al- 
ways been prominent in the Church Growth 
picture. In the very beginning of the chur<yh's 
history we read "There were added ttiree thousand 
souls" Acts 2:41b; "And the Lord added to the 
church daily such as should be saved (better — 
who were being saved)." Acts 2:47b; "and the 
number of the men was about five thousand" 
Acts 4:4b; "the number of the disciples was 
multiplied" Acts 6:1a; and "multiplied greatly" 
Acts 6:7b. 

Jesus set the goals for the church In the great 
Commission. They were Implicitly number goals 
for every generation from the time it was given 
until now. Specific numbers were not given be- 
cause it was to be a changing picture due to pop- 
ulation growth and changes in national boundaries 
and makeup. Note that He said, "Go, teach (dis- 
ciple) all nations". At any given moment this is 
numerical — involving the number of nations and 
the total of its papulation. Truly a universal 

Numbers stand for people — ^lost sheep 'God wants 
found. This should be no surprise to us. Prisoners 
are known on their records by number rather than 
by name. Multitudes in our nation are identified 
by their Social Security numbers. Numbers stand 
for people. 

Christ's commission goal is too great and chang- 
ing for us to grasp, so it is fitting and practical 
for us to set adjustable goals for the number of : 
lost sheep we are trusting Christ to help us find 
in our own responsibility area — an attainable 
number attainable by the help and grace of God. 

You have just completed your 1974 stewardship 
reports. What does the record of your congrega- 
tion show? A gain or a loss? This represents what 
you have allowed the Holy Spirit to do in the 
way of fulfilling the Great Commission in one 
whole year. More important — ^How many were 
newly brought to Christ rather than transferred 
from other churches? We are happy to have trans- 
fers of people to help us witness and work for 
Christ but the real Church Growth involves those 
who have come to Christ for the first time. 

So let's not get hung up on the idea that num- 
bers are unspiritual. This is a Satanic "cop out." 
Remember that Jesus said, "Disciple all nations." 
That is a numerical concept. The early church 
records clearly emphasized the importance of a 
numerical record. Numerical goals place respon- 
sibility upon those who have been found by Christ 
to help Him find others who are lost. As poorly 
as rwe function in seeking the lost, I am amazed 
that God has chosen us as his witnesses but both 
the trust and responsibility are ours — ^lost people 
are dependent upon us for the words of life. Yet 
remember we are not alone, "For, lo, I am with 
you, always." Matt. 28:20b. 

Vlarch 8, 1975 

Page Twenty-seven 

World Religious News 

in Review 


ST. PAUL (EPJ— Alvin Dark, manager of the 
Oakland Athletics, which won baseballs World 
Series in October, says that he tries to manage the 
team "like Jesus Christ would." 

Speaking at a Founders' Week banquet at Bethel 
College and Seminary in suburban Arden HUls, 
Mr. Dark said he had dedicated his life to Christ 
2% years ago. 

Bible in hand, he appeared before 900 persons 
at the banquet. 

He quoted from the Book of Jeremiah when he 
was aked what Charlie Finley, the Athletics' con- 
troversial owner, will do to make up for the loss 
' of ace pitcher Catfish Hunter to the New York 
Yankees. His quotation: 

"Call unto Me and I wiU answer thee and shew 
thee great and mighty things which thou knowest 

Mr. Dark said his Bible-based replies to ques- 
tions by Oakland reporters during the season 
brought a lot of kidding, maybe some of it on the 
square, from Mr. Finley. 

"You know I'm boss. Don't keep talking about 
I the Bible," Mr. Dark quoted Mr. Finley as telling 
him. And later on in the season, when the Texas 
I Rangers were coming strong and the Oakland 
1 lead was evaporating, Mr. Finley announced at a 
I dinner at which Mr. Dark was present: 
j "John the Baptist was a winner. Alvin the Bap- 
I tist is a loser. Tell us how you lost today, Alvin." 

But, later after a long interview had appeared 
on the manager's Christian principles, Mr. Finley 
told Mm: "If it means that much to you, go ahead 
and talk about the Bible. 

Mr. Dark says, "From then on, Charlie Finley 
was my best friend." 

Also, by the end of the World Series, the Ath- 
letics' big names Who had frequently criticized 
his managing earlier were outspoken in their 

Mr. Dark was introduced at the Bethel banquet 
by his wife, Jackie. It was appropriate, he said, 
because it was at her insistence that he joined 
her Bible class in 1972 when major league baseball 
didn't want him and golf was his major interest. 
It no longer is. 


PRINCETON, N.J. (EP)— Forty per cent of the 
U.S. adult population attended church or syna- 
gogue in a typical week in 1974, the same level 
reported in three previous years, the Gallup Poll 
reported here. 

Between 1958 and 1971, churchgoing slipped 
nine percentage points, the Gallup researchers 
indicated. The survey organization said there was 
little change in 1974 church attendance patterns 
among Protestants and CathoUcs from those re- 
ported in 1973 when 37 per cent of the Protestants 
and 55 per cent of the CathoUcs went to worship 
in a typical week. 

Protestant attendance has remained constant 
since 1964, but Catholic attendance feU 16 per- 
centage points between 1964 and 1971. 

DALLAS (EP)— Professional footbaU and base- 
ball players will gather here for the 5th Annual 
Pro Athletes Conference Feb. 12-16, sponsored by 
Athletes in Action, the Pro World Chaplaincy, Pro 
Athletes Outreach and the Baseball Chapel. 

The conference, to be held at the Airport Marina 
Hotel, is designed to provide training for the 
athletes in Christian principles and to aid them 
to better communicate their faith in Jesus Christ. 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— Sen. James L. 
Buckley has re-introduced a proposed constitu- 
tional amendment covering abortion that would 
protect the unborn. 

The amendment first introduced May 31, 1973, 
died in committee last year. It seeks to reverse 
the 1973 Supreme Court decisions which, in effect, 
prohibit states from outlawing abortions during 
the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. 

As re-introduced in the 94th (Congress, the Buck- 
ley amendment defines a "person" entitled to 
constitutional quarantees of life as "including . . . 
unborn offspring at every stage of their biological 
development." It would permit an abortion only 
if the life of the woman were in danger. 

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by Dan Brenner 

Many pyeople speak, in ignorance, of Christ as 
just a good man or a great moral teacher. It 
seems this rumor got started as people failed to 
examine all the historical, factual and logical 
evidence which supports the Christ in His true 
title: that is, the only begotten Son of God. 

Any historian or any student wishing to pursue 
the idea will find that the Bible is the most accur- 
ate historical account of the time and person of 
Christ. Even great atheists will not dispute its 
claims to be historical documents: that is, words 
actually spoken, deeds actually done and claims 
which were openly made. On the basis of the 
Scriptures, we see Jesus' life and claims focusing 
on one point — this is His claim to be God (Mark 
14:61-64, John 10:33-38; 3:35, 5:19-27, 6:27, 14:13, 
etc.). Taking this claim into consideration, we are 
faced with two cdtematives, which I wUl outline 

Jesus' claims to be God were so direct and 
specific that the "good man" image could not have 
possibly be an alternative. Let me present exam- 
ples. When Christ made his claims to be God, if 
he really knew he was not God, then he was a 
Uar. Now if he was a liar, he was also a hypocrite 
because he told others to be honest whatever the 
cost. On top of this he must have been demonic, if 

liar, because he told others to trust in him for 
eternal life. Finally, if his claims were not true, 
then he was a fool because it was these claims of 
his, his claims to be God, which finally led to his 

C. S. Lewis, writes, "You can shut Him up for a 
fool, you can spit at Him and kUl Him as a demon, 
or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and 
God. But let us not come up with any patronizing 
nonsense about His being a great human teacher, 
He has not left that open to us. He did not intend 

Therefore, since Christ's claims were true, you 
are personally left with two alternatives. 1) To 
ask Him into your life as Lord and Savior, to for- 
give your sins, and be ready to receive His love 
and His gift of eternal life, or 2) You can be a fool 
and reject Christ. For not to accept Him is to 
reject Him. 

If this appears to be too shabby evidence for 
you, Then I challenge you to deepen your study. 
An excellent book on the subject is Evidence That 
Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell. This can 
be purchased at the Brethren Bookstore, across 
from the Chapel. The evidence is clear, even from 
a secular stand^point. Make your choice. 

tlarch 8, 1975 

Page Twenty-nine 

"A Search For Truth" an autobiography by 
Albert T. Ronk is now available. It is a memorable 
book of many of the incidents of this man whose 
love of the Brethren Church has been exemplified 
in many places of a geographical nature, in many 
phases of participation in church activities, pas- 
toral and a host of others. 

This book was printed as a memorial volume 
in a Umited edition by the Ronk family and the 
Book and Pamphlet Commission. It is available 
at the Brethren Publishing Company Bookstores 
in Ashland, Ohio and Plymouth, Indiana. 

The price of this book is $1.00 plus 350 postage 
and handling charge. 

Send for your copy to: 

524 College Avenue 110 West LaPorte Street 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 or Plymouth, Indiana 46563 

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April 8-10 in Los Angeles 


33rd Annual Convention 

'^9 ■ M-^ '■'' ' 


Let the 
. Earth 


RECESSION DEPRESSION and obsession of all kinds runs rampant in our world 
today People no longer hold much belief that tomorrow will be better. Instead, 
from college student to bricklayer, from politician to philosopher, all seem to be 
saying, "do your own thing" and "get it while you can," 

Permissiveness has become a protective coat in many corners of the world while in 
others there is only disaster, hunger and death. Never before in the history of man 
have so many had so little of that precious salve, hope. People give up, but God 
does not. People grow cold, selfish arid unloving. God's love in Jesus Christ melts 
the hardest heart. "Let the Earth Hear His Voice." 

How can we evangelicals carry the light of the Gospel into the dreary, hopeless 
darkness all around us? How can we become those exact vessels needed by Him 
right where we live and work? NAE Convention has traditionally been that practi 
cal reference point, tliat impetus to new and better service through the church. 

As we care enough, the earth will hear His voice. Join us in Los Angeles and 
throughout the year as we pray and work together. 


,tIaroh 8, 1975 



i WHEATON, HI.— Dr. W. A. Criswell, well-known 
pastor of First Baptist Churah (SBC) in Dallas, 
Tex. will give the keynote address at the 33rd 
Annual Convention of the National Association of 
jBvangelicals in Los Angeles, April 8-10. 
: Other national evangelical leaders will address 
'meetings of the three-day convention, set for the 
International Hotel, as more than a thousand 
clergymen and laity assemble from across the na- 
tion. Scheduled are: Dr. Billy A. Melvm, NAE 
executive director on Wednesday momirag; Dr. 
Leigihton Ford, associate evangelist, BiUy Graham 
Evangelistic Association, Wednesday evening; Dr. 
iBen F. Reid, pastor of First Church of God 
I {Anderson, Ind.) of Los Angeles, Thursday rnom- 
ing; and Dr. Paxil Toms, pastor. Park Street 
Church, Boston, and president of the NAE, at the 
closing sessions Thursday evening. 

Theme for the convention is based on that of 
the Lausanne Congress, "Let the Earth Hear His 

Other features of the convention program will 
include some 50 worksihop and seminar sessions 
scheduled by the commissions and affiliates of 
NAE, special music and exhibits. 

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(April World Relief Month Emphasis, 
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by Viirgil Bamliart 







'Channels of your love" 

II Peter 1:19-21 So we are ever more confident 

of the message proclaimed by the prophets. You^ 

will do well to pay attention to it, because it is 

like a lamp shining in a dark place, until the Day 

dawns and the light of the morning star shines 

in your hearts. ^i 

Thank you. Lord, for your gift of life, I 

one day at a time. " 

Thank you, too, for choosing us 

to work in fieilds of Thine. 
We know that you speak to us 

only through another. 
The saving power of the Cross 

is told us by a brother. 
Like lamps shmning 

in the dark of night — 
Christians go to those who live 

seemingly without sight. 
Until Day dawns for them 

and they see the Morning Star — 
We'll serve as channels of your love, 
no matter where we are. 

Helen Bamhart 
Copyright C 

March 22, 1975 

Page Three 


By the Way 


ON B. 0. 

No, this is not a caption that may deal with the 
commercial aspects of a deodorant in a television 
|or radio commerical, newspaper or magazine ad. 
i Recently I received a bulletin ifrom one of our 
distributors of Christian literature which began 
with this statement printed in bold face type: 
"Some days it appears the whole world is on back 
order." This statement was in reference to many 
orders that could not be filled as many of the 
publishers this distribution firm represented were 
out of stock in many of their titles. 

This statement set me to thinking that the 
whole world really is on back order, not so much 
in the way of religious books, but in many other 
respects. As the owners and operators of religious 
bookstores, under circumstances as these, we can 
only advise our customers why the book is tem- 
porarily unavailable and customer and store own- 
ers just wait patiently until (book or fcooks are 
availaible again. 

But what about things that may be on back order 
other than the religious !books just mentioned? 
Things related to our dally hving and even our 
very existence. We might mention patience, toler- 
ance. Involvement, patriotism, concern, just for 

When it comes to patience, perhaps it is very 
rare that one may find a person such as Ralph 
Waldo Emerson may have had in mind when he 
penned these words; "Adopt the pace of nature: 
her secret is patience." Take a good look around 
you and perhaps you may notice that in every 
phase of every day liife we may see someone taking 
an attitude which resembles a iprayer once heard, 
'^ord, please give rne patience, but I WANT 

As we view the subject of tolerance for a mo- 
ment one might wonder just how Coleridge may 
have worded his opinion of tolerance were he to 
oibserve the way it is being exemplified in our 
day. He said, "I have seen gross intolerance shown 
in support of tolerance." If he could only see what 
society is tolerating in this, the latter portion of 
the twentieth century, and where it is lacking in 
tolerance. This is where priorities are getting 
mixed up a ibit. Intalerance of others and liberties. 
It has tbeen said that "liberty is always dangerous, 
but it is the only thing we have", (Fosdick) and 
our constitution is stm the best authority as to 
the origin of our unalienable rights. 

As to involvement — , WeU, let us just say that 
if society would be willing to ibecome involved in 
the troubles, financial and physical: interests, 
spiritual: care, from health and welfare aspects 
of its fellow man as much as it seems to want to 
be involved in the .personal lives of others, the 
most importemt facets of life w^ould he perhaps a 

bit more pleasureable for all. It seems that the 
longer the watergates are left open the more 
pollution in society and especially in government 
is left to seep through. Let's get some ecology 
moving in other directions also. 

A good way to start is to revive the dying pa- 
triotism in our land. If you doubt that patriotism 
is gasping for breath ask your friends and neigh- 
bors if they can recite the pledge of allegiance. 
Find out if it is still a part of the opening moments 
of classes in our schools. Look around you as you 
stand on the cuilbstone watching a parade pass 
by and see how much respect is shown to Old 
Glory" as she is carried by the marchers. Observe 
the audience and participants of some sports 
event as the National Anthem is being played or 

So there is corruption and disgrace in our gov- 
ernment and some of its leadership. There's plenty 
of it in our society outside of government also, 
but is that any reason we are to spit on our flag 
or misuse it or see how hard we can chew our 
bubblegum impatiently while the Star's-Spangled 
Banner is being put to music with the "c'mon, 
let's get on with the game" attitude written all 
over our face? 

Ben Song is travelling throughout the world 
with a wonderful singing group from Korea and 
when asked, why he was so anxious to tour the 
U.S. he said, "I'm here to pay my debt to America." 
Read his ibiography and find out why he is indebted 
to America. Travel throughout the rest of the 
world and find out first hand why we should be 
indebted to our homeland. 

Just a few words aibout concern being on back 
order and this may well be tied in with what is 
said a:bout involvement. In this respect I might 
refer to a character cartoon published in THE 
BRANCH depicting a person saying "I was sick 
and tired of hearing about war, prejudice, hatred, 
... so I finally decided to do something about it. 

With the coming Bicentennial to be celebrated 
I am curious as to whether it may toe observed 
only in Boston and Philadelphia with the rest of 
the country more concerned with as the title of 
a new book may suggest, The iGospel According 
To Wall Street, or wUl all of the United States 
join in the celeibration with much prayer of thanks- 
giving for a land that was endowed to us by our 
forefathers who based their beliefs and handed 
down to us those rights that were conceived with 
a baokgromid of The Gospel According to Our 
Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 


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by Rev. William Curtis 

" — having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto 
them — ^to every nation, and kindred, and tongue 
and people". Matthew 14:6 

A letter is received at Box 6002 m Tucson. It 
reads : 

Senor Curtis: 

I hope that this letter finds you in as good 
health as myself, thanks to God. Friend 
Curtis, I heard on the 7-adio of the Four 
Spiritual Laws and I am very much inter- 
ested that you send me this free booklet. 
At this moment I wish greatly to know about 
the word of God. 

Thank You. Your friend and servant 
Joaquin Figueroa P. 

Since the return address on the envelope gave 
a clear street address, I drove to the ranch on the 
east side of Tucson to meet the sender, giving 
him the booklet "Four Spiritual Laws" along with 
the New Testament in Spanish. From our first 
encounter with this young Mexican boy of 23, it 
has been my job to lead him to the Lord and 
meet with him every Monday evening for Bible 
class. Later, he asked me for the whole Bible and 
now reads from the Old and New Testament each 
day. He has already covered several books of the 
Bible. What a thrUl it is to spend time with a 
young person like this who gives his undivided 
attention to the study of the Wo(rd of God. 

Joaquin Figueroa P. with Bill Ciirtis in 
Monday evening study. 

He tells me he will probably return to MexiooM 
in March, so I will try to spend extra hours witl 
him in the few weeks which remain. Joaquii 
knows that the Lord has a special plan for his life 
He has had about the equivalent of a high schod 
education. I wonder — ^will the Lord one day caili 
a lad like him to attend Mexican -Bible School 
preparation for a ministry among his own? Per 
haps with continued pirayer and support from 
Ohristians who love Mm, a dream like this ooulx 
become reality. Please pray for Joaquin and others 
hke him in and aroimd Tucson. 

\Iaxch 23, 1975 

Page Five 


Paul Deardurff 

Several times in the past, Tlie Brethren Church 
has seen tihe value ol lay couples moving to the 
area where a new Brethren Churdh is beginning 
to provide additional lay leadership for these 
churches. One of the most recent of these moves 
was that of David and Deanna Benshoff to Derby, 
Kansas. Pastor iGeorge Solomon gives much credit 
to these dedicated young people for the 'help they 
have given the church since their arrival. 

Usually these lay workers arrive at an area with 
the new pastor or after a pastor is established in 
the community. Paul Deardurff had been chal- 
lenged with this idea for the Cheyenne, Wyoming 
area. This i>articular Brethren Church has been 
without a fuU-tlme pastor for more than two years 
but has ibeen in the prayers of majiy as a hub 
for a new church extension project into Colorado 
and Wyoming. Paul and his fiance felt the Lord 
leading them towards this area after her coUege 
graduation in December, 1975. In the meantime 
Paul, a graduate of Ashland CoUege, had been 
taking some courses at Ashland Theological Sem- 
inary and working in Ashland, finally leaving his 
studies completely to find full time empioyment 
while awaiting his marriaige in December. 

Faced with the continuing lack of a full time 
pastor in Cheyenne, Paul accepted the challenge 
to move now to that city,, seek employment there 
and work among the youth and with the mid-week 
services of that church. 

Paul left Ashland on February 2 with a schedule 
of arriving lin Cheyenne on the 7th after spending 
several days with the folks in Derby, Kansas. We 
praise God for young people such as Paul and his 
fiance who are willing to be parted during this 
year while he serves the Lord in this church so 
isolated from the rest of the denomination. We 
pray for the Lord's blessing on his ministry in 
Cheyenne as well as for the pastor who wiU be 
joining him in the future. 

We ask the Brethren not only to remember this 
couple and the Cheyenne congregation but also the 
others of our LAY HOME MISSIONARIES serv- 
ing without missionary support in these areas 
of church extension. 


David and Deajina Benshoff, who went to Derby, 
Kansas in 1973 say, "Never close your heart to 
the wiU of God. There is work to 'be done for the 
Lord and w^e as lay couples must help." 

Remember God knows us and He will not short- 
change one of us. Seek His wiM and if it is to 
work with one of the newer Brethren Churches, 
contact your pastor for consultation. Perhaps it 
wUl be a Home Mission Church located close to 
your present church and you could help Short- 
Term without re-location. Our young Home Mis- 

sion churches need seasoned leadership. You 

might help!! 

If you are retiring and need to relocate, you 
might seek location near a Home Mission Church 
or one of the Arizona churches to help church 
growth programs throughout the nation. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do 
not rely on your own insigrht. In all your ways 
acknowledge Him and He will make straight 
your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6 

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A Home Mission Ministti/ in Si. Pelersbiifg, Florida 
RefoHits: © 

Phil & Jesn letsti 
jj^ Bonnie Munson 



Brethren House are conducting a series of Oliris- 
tian Education Worltshops in thie "north" in early- 
April. FoUoiwing a pattern soimeWhat like that of 
last summer in Indiana and Ohio Brethren 
Churches, they will hold Worlcshops in 7 locatio^ns 
over a 15-day period . . . then return to Florida to 

Each Workshop consists of 2 sessions — each 2% 
hours in length. If you can attend, please plan 
to oo-me to both sessions. 

The KEY WORDS describing Brethren House 
— Involvement 
— ^Experiencing 
— Moving Around 
— ^Experimenting 
— Relaxing 

The emphasis is on "learning by doing," wi'tlh a 
limited amount of sitting and listening. 

Each Workshop will be set up as a Learning 
Center with a station-wagon-full of tape recorders, 
tapes, crafts, records, fUmstrips, kits, tooota, 
games, etc. You may choose those areas of special 
interest to you and examine the materials at your 
own speed. 

As we have mentioned before, the Brethren 
House ministry is a "r-e-a-c^h^i-n-g o-u-t" ministry. 
This is reaffirmed throug'h the Workshop itin- 
erary, for 5 of the Workshops are in non-Brethren 
Churches ... at their invitations. (In addition, 
we hope to work in a Sunday visit to the Oak Hill, 
West Virginia, Brethren Church — ^but those plans 
are not finalized yet at this writing.) 

Here is the Workshop Schedule: 


April 2 (Wednesday) at 7:(K) p.m. 

April 3 (Thursday) at 9:00 a.m. 
First United Methodist Church 
Co'mer Randolph and Greene 
Contact: Rev. Loy Lilley 


April 4 (Friday) at 7:00 p.m. 
April 5 (Saturday) at 9:30 a.m. 

Gretna Brethren Church 

RR 1, Bellefontaine 

Contact: Rev. Doc Shank 


April 6 (Sunday) at 3:00 and 6:30 p.m. 
First United Methodist Church 
110 West Franklin Street 
(Contact: Mrs. Myron Smith 


April 7 (Monday) (Tentative) 
(Afternoon and Evening) 

Ashland Theological Seminary 

910 Center Street 

Contact: Rev. Dick Allison 


April 8 (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m. 
April 9 (Wednesday) at 7:30 p.m. 

Corinth Blvd. United Presbyteriain Churdi 
4269 Coirinth Blvd. 
Contact: Ms. Barbara Ann Potts 
2910 Central Avenue 
Middletown, Ohio 45042 


April 11 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m. 
April 12 (Saturday) at 9:30 a.m. 

Rolling Plains United Methodist Chuoxh 

Rt. 7, ZanesviUe 

Contact: Rev. Richard Stonment 


April 15 (Tuesday) at 7:00 p.m. 
AprU 16 (Wednesday) at 7:00 p.m. 

Sardis Presbyterian Qhuroh 

6100 Sardis Road 

Contact: Rev. Bob Smith 

All Brethren readers in any of these areas are 
both invited and encouraged to attend the Work- 
shops. In addition to the sessions at the Gretna 
Brethren Church, Miami Valley Brethren wUl find 
it convenient to choose the meetings either in 
Troy or Middletown. Ashland area people can 
participate at the Seminary there. And Newark 
Brethren wUl find Zanesville rather close. Hope- 
fully we'U see many of you along the way. Just 
contact the persons named at each location about 
the exact address of the church, possible registra- 
tion costs, and any change in time. 

Maxch 22, 1975 

Paffe Seven 

What's Happening at First Brethren Church, 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio 

There are three specific areas in wiMch I see 
5|iihe Lord blessing and prospering the Brethren 
at Pleasant HUl, Ohio Church. 
J,. ONE — The enthusiastic attitude and oneness of 
IftJhe congregation. It is common for visitors to 
share how welcome they felt when attending the 
I serviices. The love and enthusiasm of our people 
I ds catching and drawing others tato the fellowship. 
Recently a 16-year-oid boy who is new to our 
church shared how he felt this warmth and wel- 
come from older and younger members of the 

This enthusiasm and oneness was demonstrated 
by the ibuilding program that has just been com- 
pleted. In April of 1973 the idea was presented, 
in July the jxlans were approved, in September the 
work ibegan and January 1974 the work was fin- 
ished. In Apnil of 1974, one year after the $35,000 
program was presented, it was neEirly half paid 
for and all aire praising the Lord in one accord for 
what He has done. 

TWO — Another area in which the Lord has rich- 
ly iblessed us is the Faith Promise for Missions 
program. We attempt to igive missions first place 
in preaching, giviing and participation. We believe 
that the churches' mission is Missions. We had 
our first Missionary Conference in the fall of 
1969. We were all challenged to trust Gk>d to en- 
alble us to give over and above our regular giving 
for (missions. Our first year we received over $4,000 
in faith promises for missiorLS. Last year in the 
m.idst of a 'building program the faith promises are 
over $8,200. With the faith promise program our 
general giving is up and most of all it has given 
us a new vision of the Lord's work. 

A THIRD area in which the LoTid has blessed 
us ds in community outreach. One of our com- 
:munity outreadh prograjns has always ibeen 
Vacation Bible School. While many churches are 
cutting back .on Bible School we have ibeen ex- 
pan.ding. We have a 10-day .Bible Sdiool in the 
sunnmer w'Wich has grown to over 150 students. 
During the school year we have a Children's Stoiry 
Time which (meets every Friday afternoon at 2:00 
to 4:00. This is for children age 3 through grade 

3 and is conducted much like Bible School only 
it meets one day a week. We ask mothers of pre- 
school age children to leave their children with 
us while they go shopping or back home and rest. 
The school age children are met at the school when 
school is dismissed and led to the church. This 
children's program has grown to where we aver- 
age around 80 chOdren and have had over 100 in 
attendance. We have some children from other 
churches and a lot of unchurched children. This 
program alone has opened the community and 
many homes to us. We have new families in our 
church because of what their children had learned 
in story time. School officials have recommended 
the program to parents and some parents have 
taken their chiildren out of nursery school and 
brought them to Story Time instead. 

We also have a Boys for Christ and a Girls for 
Christ program. These two programs are for boys 
and girls in fourth grade and older. We wUl aver- 
age 20 in each igroup which meets weekly for 
Bible lessons and activities. The majority of these 
boys and igirls were unchurched when we began 
the programs. 

The Pleasant Hill Church sponsored a Campus 
Crusade for Christ Lay Institute For Evangelism 
in 1972. We had 250 people enrolled and trained 
to share their faith in Christ. Most were from 
other churches but being the host church identi- 
fied us and revealed our concern to the community. 

These are just a few of the things that are 
happenfag at the Pleasant Hill First Brethren 
Church. God has indeed richly iblessed us. We 
reguraly minister to over 200 different people 
each week through the various programs of the 
church, though our Sunday School attendance and 
Worship Service attendance averages around 120. 

This is our centermiial year as a tocal congrega- 
tion. We praise God for the many people who 
have sowed the seed, /watered and cared for the 
Harvest at the Pleasant Hill 'Church over these 
100 years, and yet today we have a congregation 
Who has a vision and a mind to ^work for our Lord, 
by Gene Eckerley 

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by Robert W. French 

A great many people have been talking about 
church growth and church extension, and here at 
Eldorado, Ohio we are doing sometlhing about it. 
A new mission work has begun in The Brethren 
Church with the establishment of a new congrega- 
tion located in Centiral Western Ohio. 

Planining for this work began in September of 
1974 with the establishment of a Home Bible 
Study in the general area in which we were 
planning to locate. With the success of this Home 
Bible Study and the encouragement of several 
local -persons, we began lO'Oking for a suitable 
building. At first we intended to locate in New 
Paris, Ohio which is just across the state line 
from Richmond, Indiana. God had different ideas, 
however, and He led us to an even smaller village 
called Eldorado. Here we found four families who 
were willing to help iboth physically and finan- 
cially and also found a suitable ibuilding which we 
were able to rent for $100.00 per month. 

We rented the buUding on December 5, 1974 
and made plans to have the first worship service 
on January 5, 1975. Due to delays in removal of 
eqtJiipment and fixtures from the buUding, which 
had been a hardware store, we were not able to 
obtalin access for cleaning until Thursday, January 
9. We brought brooms, mops, dustpans, paint, 
plaster and the youth group from the West 
Alexandria Brethren Church and went to work!! 

On Thusday evening we swept the place out 
and cleaned the floor. On Friday we hauled in 
folding chairs and enough suppUes with w^hich to 
work. On Saturday we began toy plastering all the 
holes in the walls, then painting the walls and 
ceiling, building partitions for two Sunday School 
classes in the back part of the building and pro- 
viding for an adult class in the sanctuary. We 
located and hauled in a piano which was donated 
for one year; another family built a pulpit and an 
altar and brought it in. 

God surely intended for this mission to open 
because by 6:00 P.M. Saturday we had everything 
cleaned up, chairs and pulpit were in place and 
even flowers on the altar. We had our first service 
on Sunday morning, January 12, 1975 with 31 per- 
sons attending Sunday School and 51 persons 
attending the 10:30 worship service. 

We are continuing our work on our building . 
but also we are working on visitation in the oom- 
munity and hospital. So far two young giirls have 
accepted Christ in our Good News Club and one 
man has accepted Christ due to the witnessing : 
of this mission. The Lord has provided willing 
workers to staff our Sunday School and church 
and others to go calling. We're making plans now > 
for our first Communion Service and also our i 
first Vacation Bible School in June. 

We have very little in the way of physical goods 
but the Lord is providing everything as the need 
arises. The HUlcrest Brethren Church in Dayton, 
Ohio provided us with 57 folding chairs and a i 
large carpet for which we are thankful ; the ' 
Gratis, Ohio Brethren gave us Sunday School i 
literature; and the West Alexandria Brethren i 
have made us the recipient of their 1975 Faith 
Promise money. Also, the New Lebanon Brethren 
Laymen are getting some chairs and other furnish- 
ings ready. Many have encouraged the work by 
their prayers and financial assistance and for this 
we ask that God wiU abundantly bless them. 

Palm Sunday, March 23, 1975, has been desig- 
nated as Charter Member Sunday and on that day 
an organizational meeting wiU be held. The Mod- 
erator for the meeting wLU be Reverend Donald I 
Rowser of the New Lebanon Brethren Church ■who ■ 
is our District Evangelist in Ohio. 

We ask your prayers as we continue to lift up 
Christ that He may draw all men to Himself. 

jMarch 22, 1975 

Page Nine 



With so much being said about woman's place 
in the world today, we may weU ask ourselves 
what can be her chief contribution to our mixed- 
up generation. Women, our opportunity today is 
unmistakable! We must tap our great unused 
resources! And what are they? 

At a time when our country — even the entire 
world — is frantically searching for ways to con- 
serve energy and to find new sources of it, isn't 
it amazing to realize that so little use is being 
made of one of our greatest resources? The 

Solutions to aU sorts of problems seem to center 
about the material only: coal, oil, gas, wood, metal, 
water, food, money, etc. These commodities are in 
demand, to be sure; but how much effort is being 
expended to regenerating and developing the hu- 
man spirit? "But," you may ask, "wiU this spirit 
warm our houses, fill our cupboards, give us 
jobs?" Without appearing too naive, I maintain 
that nurturing the human spirit will do wonders 
toward achieving these ends.* 

Have you ever observed people seized by love 
and sympathy for an afflicted friend? One who 
has had a prolonged illness, a fire destroying his 
home on which he had no insurance? Maybe an 
earthquake, tornado, or a comparable disaster 
brings suffering and want to scores of people. 
What is the reaction of many of the more for- 
tunate, even to total strangers? They often pitch 
in, working tirelessly to relieve the afflicted. Some 
will donate blood or even vital organs to help the 

Service men have brought Viet Nam and Korean 
orphans back to the States and cared for them 
out of compassion for their helplessness. Passers 
by wUl often rush into buminig buildings or jump 
into churning waters to rescue the helpless. Why? 
The properly trained htunan spirit is compassion- 
ate and unselfish. In other words, the spirit of 
man, if properly motivated and nurtured, can and 
wUl provide that which is even better than un- 

limited amounts of money and materials; it brings 
love and compassion, a spirit of sharing. 

Here is where a woman can initiate a process 
that wiU result in unending influence. She can 
teach her children love for God and man, with its 
attending unselfishness. Remember the Lord said, 
"Thou Shalt love the Lord thy God . . . and thy 
neighbor as thyself." 

Have you ever considered how many problems 
would be solved or completely eliminated if this 
teaching were more universally followed? If 
OTHERS in life became as important to us as I? 

What is the cause of so much crime today? 
Parents have often seemingly instilled in their 
children the philosophy "I am all important; I 
must do my thing, regardless of others." Conse- 
quently many people grow up embodying aU the 
love and c3im.pa3sion of a barracuda. "I want what 
you have, and I'U get it! Nobody is going to tell 
me what to do! I'U drive as fast as I joUy well 
want to and nobody is going to limit the amount 
of gas I can get!" 

Why is it that compromise has become almost 
obsolete? Everyone is determined to have his own 
way, to do "his thing"; consequently unending 
dissension prevails. This is selfishness unlimited. 

If loving one's neighbor as himself influenced 
aU men's spirits, think how much better the world 
would be: Strikes would become unheard of, for 
the laborer would treat his employer as he would 
like to be treated. By the same token, the em.pIoyer 
would give his workers' interests the same priority 
as his ovwi. 

In politics, building one's party influence and 
improving one's own image would give way to 
working for the best interests of all. In business, 
the welfare of others would be on a par with the 
profit motive. Indeed, the ramifications of an un- 
selfish spirit are endless. If we can only de-empha- 
size the importance of I and concentrate equaUy 
on the importance of OTHERS! 

Any area of life we point to would be completely 
ameliorated, if one's own interests were made 
secondary to, or at least no more important than, 
those of his fellow man. We would profit im- 
measurably by a revision in our standards of what 
is greatness. If so, the heroes or ideals of our 
young people would be those who live unselfishly, 
those who genuinely benefit mankind. We would 
admire and emulate a person because of what he 
IS and DOES, not because of the size of his bank 
account, the make and number of his cars, or how 
many times his picture appears in the newspapjer. 

Over the years — even centuries — we have been 
concerned with teaching our children the three 
R's: readtn', 'ritin', and 'rithmetic, a task that we 
have turned over to the schools. Isn't it about time 
that we women took upon ourselves the business 
of instilling in our children three more R's: 
Religious faith, Respect for others, and Respon- 

There is no substitute in life for a regenerate 
and Christ-nurtured spirit. Women, in the great 
laboratory of life, under the supervision of the 
Great Alchemist, this is where we should begin! 

— il 
*Here we may need to remind ourselves of I Cor- 
inthians 2:14. 

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by Alvin Shifflett 

Today we're hearing a lot about church growth. 
Church growth seminars are being held all over 
the country. Theres nothing wrong with that. Its 
about time someone started talking and thinking 

But most examples we're supposed to emulate 
pertain to the super church run by a Superman. 
Most of us aren't supermen. Our churches know 
that, and we know our churches aren't super 
churches — so there! 

Still, everytime we mount our pulpit, and ride 
off to a new vineyard, we ihope "this will be the 
place." Hope all snug in faith keeps us going. Who 
was it that said those famous words: "this is the 
place?" I think it was Mormon Joe Smith. I recall, 
however, that even Mormon Joe had to have 
Jonathan Livingston Seagull help him survive 
the first year. Otherwise, he might have died on 
a heap of salt, with all his dreams. 

Unfortunately, most brethren want a Superman 
to run the show. We've been brainwashed by the 
super successful experts on TV. We view the 
revolving chancel area with the magnificient 
choir, the professional soloist, and the fantastic 
sight of twenty-five to fifty buses pulling up letting 
out hundreds of kids and parents. It makes us 
green with jealous envy! Someone says: "why 
can't we do that?" 

We tend to forget — this isn't the normal "run 
of the mUl" church. More people in this country 
worship in the so called "run of the mUl" churches 
than in the super churches. There are hundreds of 
faithful, ever plodding onward churches, in our 
small towns and rural areas. These smaller church- 
es are pastored by faithful men who often times 
support themselves by "making tents." They don't 
ihave dynamic programs and huge budgets, but 
they get the job done. There isn't the growth 
potential in the small mid-western town of 1200 
compared to the sprawling urban areas o'f Fort 
Wayne, Cincinnati, or Baltimore. Their lack of 
dynamic programs is not due to a lack of faith. 
Pulpit committees need to understand that it may 
be more geographical than anything else. Not 
everyone can tear off the gates of Gaza, because 
not everyone lives at Gaza! 

What we can do in Anytown, USA, is strive for 
the ibest Church in town. What is to prevent us 
from presenting the best for Christ, regardless of 
where we live? Now don't downgrade yourself, 
or your Church, because you do live in Anytown. 
After all, Jesus lived nearly thirty years in 
Nazareth. It's most unfortunate that televisian 

has made us think we ought to act like a Super- 
man, or Mobil's Flying Red Horse, or the fizz in 
Alka-Seltzer. And that we're a failure if we don't! 
Even God doesn't expect 5000 in attendajice in a 
town of 1200 with fifteen churches. 

Now I'm not meaning to excuse anyone for an 
inept program. An epitaph on a grave marker 
reads: "God doesn't want the best man, just the 
best in man." That can be applied to churches too. 

So don't get discouraged and jump into a bottle i 
of formaldehyde if you're not Superman. Don't 
even do it if you're Clark Kent, without a Super- 
man uniform! 

Remember, the idea of Superman in the pulpit 
is non-biblical. But the idea of an ordinary man 
with a Super-Force in the pulpit is bibUcal. That 
Super-Force is the Holy Spirit. And He's not con- 
fined just to the sprawling urban areas — He's 
available for your home- town too! 

As I see it the faithful ipastor-teacher of Ephes- 
ians four is called to train the field army, regard- 
less of where he lives. "And He gave some 
apostles; and some prophets; and some evangel- 
ists; and some pastors and teachers (teaching 
pastors ) ; for the perfecting (or training ) of the 
saints for the work otf the ministry for the edify- 
ing (ibuUding up) of the body of Christ" (Ephe- 
sians 4:11-12). 

Each and everytime this corps of (believers comes 
together the pastor-teacher stands before them 
With a (Jod given commission to nurture. The 
called instructor has the privilege of reviewing 
the troops, which could be discouraging. Especi- 
ally if you Uve in Anytown, USA. The pastor may 
be tempted to flee this struggling situation, and 
challenged (by Satan), to do "better things," like 
paint fire hydrants, or make application for a 
Kentucky Fried Chicken Franchise. After all, most 
preachers have eaten enough chicken to fUl 
Chicago's Soldier Field with bones and feathers. 

On a given Sunday morning many of the troops 
come in after a fantastic and stirring program 
by the super church on television. How can you 
top that? Should you even try? Watch out . . . 
Satan will give you some interesting thoughts 
during the singing of the first hymn. 

"Are they really interested?" 

"Boy, the stewardship's lousy here." 

"Where's my wile sitting? Oh, there's Joe 
Doakes, the old trouble maker!" 

"I wonder how many 'Big Macs this group could 
consume? They sure take in a lot of spiritual food 
without anything haiptpening. ..." 

March 22, 1975 

Page Eleven 

Suddenly you feel very tired and discouraged. 
Also inadequate. The slow progress of your Any- 
town ministry is getting to you. But what about 
the other side of the pulpit — out in the land of 
the pew? What are they thinking? Has Satan 
forgotten them? Not on your life. 

"Why, he's so fat he can't get close to the 

"I knew I should have watched Oral Roberts 
on TV." 

"I wonder if I set the oven at 250°?" 

"Why are we always doomed to midgetdom in 
our pulpit? We need a star performer!" 

Funny thing about preachers and lay people: 
we get the doctors pronouncement of our disease, 
in church growth seminars, but neglect the treat- 
ment. It's like buying medicine and neglecting to 
take it. 

But don't give the Body to the glue factory yet. 
There's hope for the Church. The fat may be Ln 
your pulpit, and pew too, 'but the Holy Spirit can 
trim the fat from both. 

Believers in Christ have what society needs, re- 
gardless of where they live. The dynamic trans- 
forming power of the Gospel is to be shared. We 
can become a positive force in our community if 
we're willing to share His love. In fact, that's our 
commission as Christian soldiers. You'll be sur- 
prised how fast the fat leaves, once the Body starts 
exercising again. 

Rev. Shifflett is pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Chiirch in Nappanee, Indiana having 
served previotisly as pastor in Peyinsylvania 
and California. Rev. Shifflett is a member 
of the National Board of Christian Education 
and is presently serving as chairman of the 
Book and Pamphlet Commission of The 
Brethren Church. 

Hope for Tomorrow by Hazel B. Goddard (Tyn- 
dale House Publishers, 1971. 150 pp.) 

"Man stands m the center of the stage with the 
floodlight of his successes focused upon him — and 
he trembles — ^he exudes a restless hopelessness as 
his Innermost needs drive him toward his search 
for answers." 

Fear, despair, depression, addiction, loneliness — 
we know these words well and many of us know 
the experience. The question many are asking to- 
day is: "Is there any hope?" 

The author of this book has a background of 
fourteen years in counseling people who feel they 
have Uttle hope for the future. Hazel Goddard 
tells how the healing process which starts with 
hope involves the complete person as broken lives 
are made whole. She works with another coun- 
sellor. Dr. Mary Breme, who is a famUy doctor and 
psychiatrist in the WarrenviUe Clinic, thirty miles 
west of Chicago. 

Mrs. Goddard counsels married couples despair- 
ing of reconciliation; alcoholics with physical, 
mental, and spiritual thirsts; young people aching 
for meaning in life; famUies with troubled rela- 
tionships; disillusioned God-seekers; and profes- 
sing Christians on the verge of collapse. 

The Foreword of the book is written by Paul 
Tournier expressing his deep and meaningful 
thoughts concerning hope. "The cross of Christ 
may seem to 'be the supreme disappointment of 
the believers and even of Jesus himself: 'My God, 
my God, Why hast thou forsaken me?' (Matthew 
27:46) — ^Then ascends the other form of prayer, 
the prayer without object, without desire, the 
prayer of surrender: 'Father, into thy hands I 
commit my spirit!" (Luke 23:46) — ^It is God him- 
self who brings a new hope in His revelation, a 
specifically Christian hope. — But now it is as 
if God gave back to this hope, detached of all its 
terrestrial objects, a new object: not any longer 
a thing-object, a thing we desire, partial, particu- 
lar, passing; but a person, the person of Christ 
who opens up a new life by His death and 

As Mrs. Goddard, with the help of others, gave 
treatment for the whole person, emotional con- 
flicts subsided, spiritual darkness was dispelled, 
and these struggling ones she describes discovered 
there is hope for tomorrow. 

Reviewed by Julia Flora 

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Dear Reader-Friends: 

This is our TENTH YEAR of participating in WORLD RELIEF as 
a denomination — the first being some meager contributions in the Fall 
of 1966. This comi7ig August we will have our TENTH RICE/or/SOUP 
SUPPER for World Relief at General Conference. 


From about $246.00 in the Fall of 1966 to $16,223 in 1974. Even this 
amount for last year (1974) was a $2,721 INCREASE OVER 1973. (The 
complete financial report will appear in the next EVANGELIST.) 
Giving of money has increased. 
Participation of churches has increased. 
Interest has increased. 
Concern has increased. 
Number of people helped has increased. 


And in this Tenth Year World Relief work in tite Brethren Church 
has been given the status of a "'Denominational Board." So now 7ve are 
the WORLD RELIEF BOARD (rather than a committee of General 

As alivays, the World Relief Commission (of the National Association 
of Evangelicals) is the channel through which our offerings reach quickly 
and deeply into the areas of need — anywhere in the world. With their help, 
ive provide literature in 2 ways that helps explain ways your offerings 
are u^ed to help others: 

(1) BRETHREN EVANGELIST articles and pictures; 

(Tivo issues dated March 22 and April 5) 


to local churches for their distribution. 
PLEASE TAKE A CLOSE LOOK at all this literature. YOU CAN 
HELP. Give through your church or, if you are a non-resident member, 
send a contribution directly to our Board Treasurer, Mr. George Kerlin. 
The current "economic crunch" mxiy make it difficult for some 
of you to increase your giving this year — but others can han- 
dle it, and still have "abundance." In either case, MAGNIFY 

Signed: Pastor Phil Lersch, for the Brethren 
World Relief Board 
George Kerlin 
(Mrs.) Aida May Munson 
Joe Hanna 
L. E. Lindower 

of Brethren World Relief 

"0«e man gives freely, yet grows all the richer; 

Another ivithJiolds what he should give, and only suffers want. 

A liberal man will be enriched, 

and one iv!io waters will himself be ivatered." 

(Proverbs 11:24. 25-RSV) 

Blarch 22, 1975 

Page Thirteen 

Companions In Compassion 

by Lillian H. Graffam 

Around the world national churches stand ready 
to distribute food and the message that God 
cares. But they can't do the job alone. 

Mrs. Everett S. Graffam is staff writer 
for the World Relief Commission. Her hus- 
band is executive vice-president. 

There they were. The two bold 'black words 
among the mixed city wall graffiti. Wards that 
haunt you. They are: Who cares? 

Evangelical Christians probably would quickly 
respond: "God cares, and we care!" 

But would words convince a disillusioned person 
that God does care? Probably not. It takes more 
than words, as important as they are. 

Hungry children surrounded an executive sur- 
veying the drought in Africa. He had no food. 
But wantinig to give them something, he handed 
out some children's tracts he carried in his pocket. 
A 12-year-ald boy read a few lines, handed the 
paiper back and said in French: "We ask for food. 
You give us paper!" 

How can people who are himgry and hurting' 
come to believe that God cares when God is not 
physically present to give them what they need? 
The only way they will ever 'be convinced is when 
God uses us as His Companions in Compassion 
to minister to them. They may not comprehend a 
complex theoio'gy. But the message of love comes 

The Latin derivation of "companion" is "one 

who shares bread." Many evangelical organiza- 
tions are working hard to "share bread" with des- 
titute people in the world's trouble spots. One 
companion is the World Relief Commission, over- 
seas relief arm of the National Association of 
Evangelicals, whose slogan is "FOOD FOR THE 
the agency to which Brethren World Relief dollars 
are sent.) 

In order to preserve this dual aim, WRC has 
organized a network of compassion comprised of 
members of the Evangelical Foreign Missions 
Association : ( NAE/EFMA ) , Interdenominational 
Foreign Mission Association, (IFMA) and World 
Evangelical Fellowship tWEF). 

These agencies allow Christians to minister to 
their own people, thus guaranteeing that aid will 
get to those who need it most. When a desperate, 
discouraged man, seeing his children starving, 
asks: "Who cares?" and a Cluistian from his own 
culture and language helps him, it is easier for 
him to believe that God does care. 

By becoming Companions in Compassion with 
behevers around the world, we can help secure 
several vital links. During times of great need and 
disaster, stateside churches can provide funds, 
through relief agencies, to needy overseas church- 
es. In this way food and other disaster relief is 
distributed by the local church. The local church 
distributes food and other disaster relief, thus 
strengthening its own testimony in the commun- 
ity. Long after the immediate need has passed and 
foreign relief groups have moved on, the church 
remains as a continuing witness to God's love. 
Many around the world have already become 
Companions in Compassion. 

WTiere can we go? What can we do? We have 
no future!! 

Missionaries repeatedly hear these words in 8 
countries across central Africa being strangled by 
drought caused by the encroaching Sahara Desert. 
The cries have considerable substance. Malnutri- 
tion and death take their toU everywhere. 

People Who before would not allow a missionary 
even to enter their village now look to them for 
help. And the missionaries are laboring heroically, 
attempting to keep the people alive while continu- 
ing their spiritual service. 

In Upper Volta and Niger, viith the help of 
African pastors and laymen, the need was sur- 
veyed and a food-distribution network instituted. 
Using WRC funds, any available grain has been 
purchased even at exorbitant prices and stored in 
distribution centers and Churches. The grain is 

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then transported by truck, auto, pull carts, bi- 
cycles, donkey and eventually headpack into the 

When the displaced, hungry people receive food, 
they are open to a Christian witness by their 
countrjTnen. Howard DowdeU, Sudan Interior 
Mission worker in Niger, says that when his relief 
workers deliver food they tell the peoiple it is 
being given in the name of Christ. The people 
are grateful and then ask that the name be re- 
peated. Most have never heard that name before. 
But many now have accepted Hun. 

"The very day we had nothing left to eat, relief 
supplies sent by World Belief Commission came 
into our village. It was a miracle." This Ibo pastor 
had been hiding in a remote village during the 
Nigerian civil war. The Lord led another Nigerian 
to headpack food into that village in the nick of 

After the war, when the Christians fUtered back 
home, they found that the church had sustained 
surprisingly few casualties. They told of their 
hunger and suffering, but also how God preserved 
them. Physical aid helped keep the church alive. 


Would the stream of refugees never end? 

They were pouring by the thousands into 
abandoned Marine buildings around WRC's Hoa 
Khanh Children's Hospital near Danang, Vietnam. 
Hungry and sick children whined. The elderly were 
heartsick at leaving ancestral homes. Everyone 
was emotionally and physically exhausted. 

Would anyone care? Help? 

Yes, Christians did. Hundreds of members of 
Christian Youth Social Service (CYSS), arm of 
The Evangelical Church of Vietnam (Tin Lanh), 
met the refugees. They registered them for food 
allotments, distributed bread they had baked, gave 
them water, firewood, sleeping mats and blankets. 

These youth, from high school to university 
age, continue their ministry by feeding 110,000 a 
day, digging wells and aiding medical teams in 
epidemic prevention treatment. 

After inspecting the relief program, President 
Thieu's inspector general, a Catholic Christian, 
told the CYSS President: "I have been praying 
for years that I might see the person of Jesus 
Christ in a Vietnamese. Today I saw Jesus Christ 
not once but many times. Tell your people that 
they reflect Jesus Christ." 

They have been reflecting Christ not only in 
serving the needs, but also by sharing their faith 
on a one-to-one basis and through house-to-house 
evangelism and public meetings. Their relief evan- 
gelism is an important factor in the increased 
number of believers — from about 200 when the 
refugees arrived to 4,000 now. Fifteen new church- 
es have been organized. 

If these refugees should ever return to Quang 
Tri Province, they would have a strong Christian 
witness in that devastated area. 

"God xised my hands I" 

Though the diminutive paramedic has done hun- 
dreds of successful skin grafts, she is always a 
little amazed at her success. She holds up her 
hands at the end of surgery and gives God the 

Mrs. Nguyen Thi Khang, known as Gwen, would 
not have glorified Jehovah God had this happened 

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ten years ago. Then she was a Buddhist. She camel 
to know Christ because a Vietnamese pastor* 
shared his family's food with her and her family 
when they were all stranded on a rooftop during 
a 4-day flood. 

She was a seamstress when a couple of U.S. 
military doctors enlisted her aid to care for infant 
orphans who were more dead than aUve. She 
brought them back to health. When the Marines 
built the hospital she was made head nurse. The 
doctors taught her medical and surgical skills that 
only MDs would perform in the States. 

Through her influence, many of the Vietnamese 
staff have come to know Christ as Savior. The 
hospital is now a Christian witness. A children's 
chaplain tries to minister to every child and the 
local Tin Lanh pastor tries to reach their famihes. 

In Korea, too, medical missions work in conjunc- 
tion with the national church. Though American 
Presibyterians direct the sizable Kwangju Christian 
Hospital and Soonchun Christian Clinic, it is the 
national Christian staff which cares for their ill 

That part of Korea has a high incidence of TB. 
Local pastors within a 70-mile radius go from 
house to house telling the people about avallalble 
help at the clinic. At the clinic, they learn of 
spiritual help avallalble in Christ. In-patients have 
daily church programs conducted by a pastor. 

Medicine is a great door-opener to the gosi)el! 

Belief Evangelism not only changes Uves, but 
changes whole communities. 


"Please send us hoes." 

This request to WRC's director in Bangladesh 
came from 1,300 destitute war widows who wanted 
to hand cultivate their combined plots of land to 
assure a food supply. Doing this back-ibreaking 
work with a short-handled hoe wouldn't seem like 
a privilege to Western women, but to these 
BengaUs it denoted creative social and cultural 
change toward economic freedom. They had, 
formed the first co-op which was planned and 
worked jointly by women alone. 

This female co-op is a small but significant part 
of a massive food production program to improve 
land and water use, enabling 10,000 families to 
become self-supporting. The project is directed 
by a Christian national assisted 'by Christian block 
managers. Relief evangelism not only changes 
lives hut changes whole communities. 

Funds, materials and know-how contributed by 
Christians have improved the quality of life (both 
in the here and hereafter for mUlions of people 
reached through the efficient, trustworthy nation- 
al church. These ways include both vocational and 
academic education, technological assistance, day- 
care programs and emergency disaster relief. 

Just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes 
which were igiven to Him and theretoy fed thous- 
ands of people, so He blesses those Companions 
in Compassion, national and international, who 
care enough to offer a cup of cold water, or a cup 
of grain, to the needy in His name. 

(Beprinted by permission from 
July-August issue of MOODY 
MONTHLY. Copyright 1974, 
Moody Bible Institue of Chicago.) 

March 22, 1975 

Page Fifteen 



Setting for the spiritual ministry at the 

Soonchun Christian Clinic (Korea) for 

terminal TB patients. 

There's hope at the so-called "Hopeless Home" 
for terminal TB patients. It is one of three branch- 
es of Soonohun Christian Clinic which is an out- 
reach of Kwangju Christian Hospital (Presby- 
supplies $1,000 monthly for medicines and pays 
some surgical fees. 

While the human situation may seem hopeless, 
and usually is, there is hope and joy there because 
God is communicated to the people in a way they 
understand. Mrs. Hugh Ljnton, American mission- 
ary, and the Christian nationals work together 
to make the last days comf ortaible and meaninigf ul. 

Photo by Jerry E Sandoz 
Seoul, Korea 

Brethren World Relief dollars help put 

smiles on these girls' faces at the Soonchun 

Clinic for terminally ill TB 

patients (Korea). 

When careful diagnosis sends a person to the 
Home, he or sihe does not take prematurely to bed 
to die. Those who are able, in an effort at self- 
support (they are all poor), raise pigs, chickens, 
birds and garden produce. With hoi>e in the future 
they have planted a persimmon grove. The women 
make clothing, quilts, and other household 

of Brethren World Relief 

"There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; 

and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, 

but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall 

be made fat and he that ivatereth shall be ivatered also himself." 

(Proverbs 11:24, 25 - KJV) 

Pag:e Sixteen 

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quickly when Hurricane Fiii 
bit Honduras on September 18, 1974 

Within a few hours of Hurricane Fifi's departure, an initial gift of $35,000 was 
dispatched imimediately in response to the human suffering reported. This money, 
including some Bretliren dollars was divided among 7 evangelical mission or denom- 
inational agencies in that country. 

That's not as easy as it sounds. Im^mediately after receiving news of the Fifi 
attack, WRC staff called EFMA (Evangelical Foreign Missions Association) and 
IFMA ( Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association) agencies having pro- 
grams listed in Honduras. Initial iniformation was very sketchy, inasmuch as all 
communications systems had 'been made inoperative by the hurricane. Dr. Graffam 
and other WRC staff members were finally able to get through to some agencies 
either through their headquarters offices or key executive personnel. 

Flood waters chewed out half of hotise. 

Alarch 22, 1975 

Page Seventeen 

A smile in anticipation of plenty to eat as 

he totes 225 lb. bag of black beans m 
WRC food-for-work distribution program. 

WRC is still funding continued emergency feed- 
ing, seeds for replanting, house building, and 
employment in food-for-work programs. From 
September 19th to December 30th, 1974, $100,000 
was provided. In addition, through the combined 
efforts and funds from WRC and other agencies, 
the several EFMA-IFMA in-country agencies have 
distributed in excess of 30,000 Bibles and many 
thousands of Testaments and Scriptural portions. 
Many people aided with physical help in the initial 
crisis have been very conscious of the spiritual 
concern of the contributing agenoies and have 
responded to the program of practical evangelism. 

It is the WRC policy to forward funds rather 
than materials in the early stages of disaster, so 
needed supplies of food, blankets, vaccines and 
medicines may be purchased in nearby unaffected 
areas. In Honduras, Missionary Aviation Fellow- 
ship planes flew these suppUes, together with per- 
sonnel, into remote and isolated areas that can 
be reached only 'by small aircraft. 

According to the U.S. State Department, making 
monetary contributions to voluntary relief organ- 
izations is the quickest way to help these hurri- 
cane victims. 

Typical boy; doesn't want to pose. 

Children are wearing clothes given, at 

a clothing distnbution. 

Two WRC staff members were sent to Honduras 
to ascertain what more could be done both at the 
present and in the future — as well as inquire about 
the effective use of the money already sent. It is 
estimated it wlU take five years of aid to over- 
come the ill effects of Fifi. For those interested, 
complete reports on Honduras, with details of all 
aid given and to whom, are available by wTiting 
to: World Relief Commission, Boz 44, Valley Forge, 
Pennsylvania 19481. 

FELLOW-BRETHBEN, isn't it cause for thanksgiving to know that when a 
disaster anywhere in the world is reported on the "evening news," we know some- 
one (Dr. Graff am) is already working out a way to use our money (given in the 
name of Christ) to supply the victims with what they need to survive — at the least 
possible expense? THANK YOU, WBCni 

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For Showing in Your Church Anytime 

Newest (Just Released in Spring, 1975) 

WRC's newest sound/color movie. Shot on location. Covers dramatic flood scenes, 
devastation of woodlands, banana plantations and houses; and ways evangelicals 
are responding to human need. These are more pictures of our Brethren World 
Relief dollars at work where they are needed most. Missionaries tell the story of 
the disaster, relief aid, rehabilitation programs, and spiritual outreach. 

These films are extremely good, available to you free of charge. 

Just send offerings or budgeted income for World Relief to Mr. 

George Keriin, 1318 East Douglas, CJoshen, Indiana 46526. 


World Relief Commission 

Box 44 

VaUey Forge, Penna. 19481 

New in 1974 

"AFRICA: DRY EDGE OF DISASTER" (about 25 minutes) 

Prize-winning color movie of sub-Sahara life and Christian aid for survival. Awarded 
the bronze medal as a "superbly creative documentary" at the Seventh Annual 
Atlanta International Fihn Festival in August. Over 2,000 films from 32 nations 
competed. Also, it was the only religious film shown at the Recent Rome Food Con- 
gress. An ideal way to become informed of the crucial ways our Brethren World 
ReUef money is being used to help other people. 


of Brethren World Relief 

"It is possible to give aivay and become richer! 

It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. 

Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! 

By watering others, he waters hinfiself." 

(Proverbs 11:24, 25 - Living Bible) 

March 22, 1975 

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New Paris, Indiana 


The Youth of the New Paris First Brethren 
Church were active last fall in World Relief. 

On October 13th, 12 of them took part in "A 
Walk For Hunger" to help support the CROP 
'Ministry. This Walk for Hunger was undertaken 
jby the Youth of the 6 churches in our township. 
1 A distance of 12 mUes was walked by the walkers. 
They each got people to sponsor them at so much 
money for each mile they would walk. In all, over 
45 young people participated in the walk, with a 
total of $1,150 being raised to help the starving 
people of the world. The Brethren Youth raised a 
total of $225.00 of this amount. Rev. George 
Phillips, 80-year-old retired minister of the Church 
of the Brethren, was adult advisor of the Walk 
For Hunger and also took part in the walk. 

October 26th, the Brethren Youth also helped 

out in "Trick or Treat for CROP." This was spon- 
sored by our local Ministerial Association with 
each of the 6 churches having their youth, together 
with adult sponsors, go from door-to-door in New 
Paris asking for donations to CROP for helping 
the hungry people of the world. A total of $171.60 
was realized and half of this amount was desig- 
nated by the Ministerial Association to l»e sent to 
the World ReUef Commission of NAE. 

These two projects helped to focus the eyes 
and thoughts of the young people as well as the 
adults in our community on the many areas in 
the world where thousands are dying because of 
lack of food. 

As pastor, I was pleased with the willingness 
of the Youth to give of their time and energy to 
assist in these two projects. 

Pastor Bob Bischof 

New Paris Brethren Church 

Washington, D.C. Brethren Church 

I WORIX) RELIEF was again chosen for our 
Christmas Missionary Project for 1974 here at 

I Washington Brethren Church, the money desig- 

I nated for African Drought. 

! Instead of sending Christmas cards to those 
we see each Sunday in our church family, we 
made a contribution to our chosen project. A large 
poster was placed on display with a section re- 
served to sign when you make your contribution. 
This signifies to your church family that you have 
taken this means of "sending" Christmas greetings 
to them. $301.67 was contributed in 1974 for World 

In addition to the special projects at Christmas 
and Easter, the Missionary Co^mmittee also form- 
ulates yearly programs for both the Adult and 
Children's Sunday School Departments. The Adult 
Department receives a love offering the first Sun- 
day of each month to support and maintain an 
Evangelist in India; the Children's Department 

supports an orphan in Taiwan through World 
Vision. These two projects require a minimum of 
$300 and $144 per year respectively. The children 
also raised over $40 on their "money tree" for 
special gifts to "their" child. 

During past years, we have made a contribution 
to the new missionary work in Colombia ( Solo- 
mons), supported a teen-ager through 4 years of 
high school at Riverside Christian Training 
School (Lost Creek, Kentucky), and made the 
Chandon Church Building Fund our special project 
for several years at Christmas time. 

The Brethren here have been most responsive 
to the various programs presented to them by the 
Missionary Committee and we are indeed truly 
grateful to them as together we reach out to 
serve Him. 

Mrs. Harold (CecUe) Babcock 
Missionary Committee 
Washington Brethren Church 

Special Notice to: 


Please send all contributions for World Relief to: 

Mr. George Kerlin, Treasurer 
1318 East Douglas 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 

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Team members for the 1975 Summer Crusader 
Program have been selected and are preparing for 
an exciting 7-week.s. There are 5 teams plus 4 
individuals in the Internship program serving our 
Brethren Churches, camps and nursing care facil- 
ities. Again, our approach wiU be through educa- 
tional, evangelistic, camping, musical, nursing, and 
pastoral experiences. 

In this issue and in the next two Evangelists, 
you will meet the Crusaders and Interns who will 
be serving you. Please begin praying for these 
young people as they work to the glory of God 
through our Brethren Churches and organizations. 

Introducing the 1975 

Summer Crusaders 

Part I 

This summer 12 young people (3 units with 4 
members on each imit) with educational interest 
will spend their summer in 3 different parts of 
our country — ^Arizona, the Midwest District, and 
here in the Eastern Districts. Tentative plans in- 
clude a variety of educational and camping experi- 
ences. Watch for more details and the itinerary in 
a future Evangelist. 


Jim Miller, a third year Crusader camp/ed. vet- 
eran, will be the leader of this unit. Jim is a mem- 
ber of the Second Brethren Church of Johnstown, 
Pennsylvania and is completing his freshman year 
at Geneva College in Pre-Seminary study. 

James Miller, Leader 
Johnstown II 

March 22, 1975 

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Educational Units 

Arizona - West 

Debbie Barber 

From the Chandon, Virginia Brethren Church as 
a first year Crusader, Debbie Barber wiU be a 
Senior Nursing major at Washington Hospital 
Center School of Nursing in Washington, D.C. 

Linda Waters 

Linda Waters coming from our Massillon, Ohio 
Brethren Church for her first summer as a Cru- 
sader, will be a senior at Jackson Memorial High 

Randy Myers from our St. James, Maryland 
Brethren Church wHl be a first year Crusader. 
Randy will enter Ashland College in the fall ma- 
joring in Mathematics. 

Randy Myers 
St. James 

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Educational Units 


Wayne Grumbling 
Wayne Grumbling at the Waterloo, Iowa Breth- 
ren Church is the captain of this unit. Wayne will 
be a junior at Taylor University majoring in 
Speech and Drama. He was the leader of a similar 
unit in 1972 and an Intern in 1973. 

Clierul Straab 
From the Vinco Brethren Church in Pennsyl- 
vania comes Cherj'l Straub. Cheryl graduates from 
high school this spring and will be a first year 
Crusader this summer. 

Robin Rentzel 
Robin Rentzel of the Tucson, Arizona Brethren 
Church is a second year Crusader. Rotoin wUl be 
a sophomore at Ashland College studing to become 
a Physical Therapist. 

Jon Barber 
Jon Barber, a first year Crusader, will enter 
Ashland College in the fall with an Art major. 
Jon is from the Chandon, Virginia 


March 32, 1975 

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Educational Units 


Joan Holsinger 
Ashland (Park Street) 

Joan Holsinger hails from the Park Street Breth- 
ren Church in Ashland, Ohio. Thus is Joan's third 
suimimer as a Crusader and she will be the captain 
of this unit. Joan will be a senior at Ashland 
College majoring in Religion and Psychology. 

Jerrilyn Briggs 

Jerrilyn Brig-gs is a first year Crusader from the 
Brethren Church in Cameron, West Virginia. Jerry 
is planning to enter Appalachian Bible Institute 
majoring in Bible and Christian Education this 

Bobbi Miller 


Bobbi Miller, a first year Crusader, is from the 

Go^en, Indiana Brethren Church. Boibbi will be 

a senior at Goshen High School this fall. 

Donna Shank 

Another third year Crusader, Donna Shank, 

comes to us from the Gretna Brethren Church in 
BeUefontaine, Ohio. Donna plans to enter Madison 
College with a Nursing major. 

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The Summer Crusader Program is no "fun-and-games" operation. It is real 
kids facing real problems in a real work with the direction and help ol a real God. 
It is a spiritual crusade for the cause of Jesus Chrisit. 

God has set a great work before our Crusaders, and we know His will will be 
accomplished as His people lift it up before the Lord. It is our request that again, as 
last year, ooncerned youth and adults join us in a dynamic prayer effort so that each 
Crusader and each Intern will be the subject of specific prayers by God's people 
for guidance every day of his or her service. If you personally want to join us in 
this prayer crusade — ^June 15 - August 17 — please fill in the accompanying form. 
If you know of other "prayer warriors" who would Uke to sign up, please add their 
names and addresses. When we know of your interest, we will assign one Crusader 
to you and send you his name and something about him, his schedule, and other 
pertinent information so you can pray knowledgeaibly. 

Thanks for your prayerful interest. 

Clip this form today and mail it to: 

Crusader Prayer Campaign 
Board of Christian Education 
524 College Avenue 
Ashland, OH 44805 

Dear BCE Staff, 

I would personally Uke to join the Summer Crusader Prayer Camypaign and 
pledge to pray daily for the Crusader assigned to me. 

MY NAME: ' :^^ 



Others who would be interested are listed below. 

March 22, 1975 

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by Virgil L. Barnhart 

When the traveler sets out on his vacation he 
wants to enjoy it. Consequently for many weeks 
he makes plans, checks schedules, examines m^aps 
and travel brochures, choosing places to spend 
time in sightseeing. He orders tickets, has the car 
serviced, and attempts to think of various needs 
that can be planned ahead of time. He checks with 
the paper boy about the daily deliveries. He 
arranges with someone to feed the pets and water 
■the flowers and plants. He asks 'the postman about 
holding his maU, also notifies the poilice about 
being away. 

He talks with numerous persons so that every 
detail is taken care of before he leaves for his 
vacation site. He tries to make the journey safer 
iby advance preparation. However, he also allows 
time for other events and happenings that are of 
personal Interest as they generally seem to 

Is there any reason why peoiple should not make 
plans for eternity with similar care? By careful 
planning in the spiritual realm of life, the need 
for propver preparation can also become reality 
in the ibelievers travel. The Bible is a wonderful 
road map especialiy when we open it to examine 
it's various roads that lead to our Christian des- 
tination. The Bible is a steady counselor. Prayer 
opens the door to God's voice and instructions. 
The preaching of His Word gives us direction 
along the way. Chrisitian friends offer their con- 
cern and show us love in Christ. Aill these aids 
and available opportunities guide us to hope for 
eternity with Christ| It takes effort and dedica- 
tion, requires planning and comimitment, and then 
the joy we seek is found. 

Life is a magnificent adventure when you desire 
His plan for your life. You plan well when you 
accept the counsel of the Savior. God doesn't wink 
at man's sin or his need. He provides the answers. 
He redeems us despite our lack of deserving. Christ 
gives new life, new freedom, and new reason for 
being. This is His provision to make your heart 

Aillow God's love to flow through us by our 
witness and thereby claim His personal plan for 
our lives. He is a living reality experienced within 
the heart of every Christian. The Bible is a road 
(map needed for the believers Spiritual planning. 

Every time the Bible is opened new thoughts 
come to life. It is more than a book of memorable 
deeds, it is far greater in value because it is a 
living testimony of God's grace for (mankind. It 
depicts our desperate need and the heavenly 
Fathers great plan of salvation. It is a personal 
account of God's love for us and our response to 
His love. The crucified, risen Christ is met again 
and again in the Bible as our personal Savior. 

A happy vacation never dies, the memory is 
kept within the heart, and pictures will also (be 
constant reminders of our travels. Isn't this like 
our Christian witness? As we share our faith in 
God with others, they carry that witness with them 
in their memory also. Others may take this same 
road leading to Heavenly citizenship because of 
what you say, how you live, and fthe type of picture 
that your life shows so clearly. 

Think aibout that in the personal dimension of 
"Spiritual Planning" for eternal life. 

Praise the Lord! 

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by Beth Gilmer 


Read this article at your next Sisterhood meeting. Then let me know what you 

(^o-m^ to^ "^ot^ 

No I,m not referring to drugs when I say "going 
to pot". I'm referring to SISTERHOOD! Yes, 
that's exactly what I mean. 
Sisterhood is going to pot! 

This is the Easter season. We have two primary 
thoughts Ln mind: death and resurrection. Resur- 
rection is what I want to approach you about: 
resurrection of a dying Sisterhood. 

I think we can all see it before our eyes. District 
Sisterhood is practically unheard of anymore. 
Local Sisterhood is becoming dull and uninterest- 
ing. National Sisterhood is more or less being 

The big question is "WHY?" Why is all of this 
haippening? I guess when you get right down to 
it: Nobody cares anymore! Nobody cares enough 
to work up interesting meetings, Nobody cares 
whether or not their registrations are sent in. 
Nobody cares whether dues are paid. Nobody cares 
enough to try to make money for the project. 
Nobody cares about the Thank offering. These 
are all an important part of Sisterhood! 

As I am a National officer, I am looking pri- 
marily at the Nationa:l Sisterhood (which is being 
ignored). It seems that nobody wants to partici- 
pate in National Sisterhood anymore. They see 
no reason why they should. 

I have pondered over this jxroblem. "Is there 
really a good reason?" Yes, I think there is. Here 
is what I came up with: 

What good is any type of a club, society or 
meeting without goals; without a purpose? It 
isn't much good. If there is no aim or purpose, 
there is really no reason for meeting other than 

to have a night of fellowship with your Christian 
sisters. (Which is good) But you stUl must have 
an aim. That is what National Sisterhood trys 
to give you. You say how? Here's how: 

If you sit in your own little town with your 
own little Sisterhood doing your own little thing, 
you may be doing your own town and church 
some good. But what about the rest of the world? 
What are you doing for them? What aibout the 
rest of the churches in the denomination? What 
about the rest of the girls in those churches ini 
other tovwis? WHAT ABOUT THEM?? Nationali 
Sisterhood is the bridge over the gap betweem 
the different churches and the different societies. 
Doesn't it mean anything to know you have Chris- 
tian sisters in other churches and that you can all 
work for the same cause? 

Another problem, I think, is lack of communi- 
cation concerning something very important: 
MONEY. Where in the world does your money go 
that you work so hard for and g'ive so generousdy? 

(1) AU money sent in except project money goes 

(a) Scholarships 

(b) the Evangelist for letting us print our 

(c) Conference gifts 

(d) General Secretary's salary 

(e) Print costs-program booklets, manuals, 

(2) The project money this year goes for: 
(a) The Mission Board of the Brethren 

Church. The Mission Board supports not 
only the foreign missionaries but also 
the mission churches we have right here 
in the United States. 
If you are not active in these projects, you are 
not only hurting yourselves, but you are hurting 


ItMarch 22, 1975 

Pothers. Who? Well, you are hurting the foreign 
i missionaries and mission churches who need the 
money we give them. You are hurting the other 
societies by your lack of support. Without your 
support, it makes it a little harder to furnish such 
helps as program booklets and manuals. It makes 
it a little harder to print the programs in the 
E\'angelist. (And even though your society may 
not use these programs, there are others who do.) 
It makes it a little harder to help you in every 
way. Your support is needed. 

One of the things that was listed as where your 
money goes was the scholarship. This is a benefit 
to you! If you are a senior in high school and 
considering AsMand College, you can apply for 
this scholarship. (Forms will appear in the Evan- 
gelist soon.) You think it would be hard to win 
this scholarship? You're wrong. Last year, nobody 
even applied. 

Okay, I've told you why I think you should be 
active in National Sisterhood. But it wouldn't be 
fair if I didn't hear your side of the story. If you 
have gripes and complaints, I want to hear them. 
I want to know why there is such a lack of in- 
terest. I want to know why 20 societies that reg- 
istered last year did not even bother to register 
this year even after I made a fuU page plea for 
registrations in the Evangelist two months ago. 
I received a few registrations after that, but not 
nearly what I should have. I want to know why. 
If your society wants to drop out nationally, I 

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want to know why. What's wrong? I want to hear 
your side of the case. 

Is Sisterhood going to pot? Yes, it is. What 
can be done? How can we revive the old Sisterhood 
spirit? How can we make it a growing society 
again? Can we bring ^bout a resurrection? 

Girls, before I sign off, I want to encourage you 
to come to National Conference in August. You can 
never realiy appreciate the beauty of the national 
organizations until you come to conference and 
see and experience it for yourself. The fellowship 
with those from other churches from other states 
is something too wonderful for words. I guarantee 
you that if you come to National Conference and 
really participate in it, it wUl be an experience 
you wUl never forget. It is weU worth the money 
and the time it will cost you. It Wiil also open 
your eyes and help you understand what the na- 
tional organizations are all ahout, how they can 
help you, and why you should participate actively 
in them. 

I pray there will ibe serious thought and com- 
ments on this article. Are we going to just sit 
back and let our Sisterhood die? Doesn't anybody 
care at all anymore? If you can spare one small 
dime, you can afford all it wiU cost to help bring 
Sisterhood back to life again. Write and let me 
have your thoughts and comments. 

Miss Beth Gilmer 
415 Claremont Ave. 
Ashland, OH 44805 


Our Brethren Church is beginning toG....R....O....W. It is only a begin- 
ning but everything has to have a start. We will need continuing numibers of men 
and women who wUl shepherd God's flocks everywhere in the world. There will be 
needs for pastors, teachers, missionaries, and persons for all kinds of educational 

Many people in the Brethren Church are praying regularly for such persons 
to take responsibilities in leadership. God teUs us that we must pray for lalborers for 
the harvest (fields which are white unto harvest. Whether we fully understand that 
or not we know we must olbey His Word. So we have many people who have joined 
the Brethren Bond of Prayer. 

If you are vwlling to become part of the answer to the world's needs, and our 
own Christian responsilbility to those needs, please join with others in praying reg- 
ularly for God to supply laborers. 

We are going to trust (3od to supply laborers and a harvest. It is his will that 
we have leaders to help us all to look for God's lost sheep. 

Unite in the BRETHREN BOND OF PRAYER, write to: 
Charles R. Munson 
Ashland Theological Seminary 
910 Center Street 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

Pastor James Black, and Mr. and Mrs. Orval Boyer have indicated their desire 
to pray regularly for laborers for God's harvest fields. 

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n e^ir s 



Mr. Donald Hipsher, 71 died Sunday, January 
12, 1975 in Lakeland, Fla. He is survived by his 
wife Iguma, Son Carl Hipsher, Daughter Mrs. 
Martha Steineke. His membership in First Breth- 
ren Church, Elkhart, Indiana. Pastor Dale RuLon 
and Pastor Dana Hartong officiated. 


Mrs. Pearl Funk, 78 died Friday, January 24, 
1975. Was preceded hi death by her husband and 
son. Member of the First Brethren Church of 
Elkhart and President of the Altruist Sunday 
School Class. Dale RuLon, Pastor. 


Mrs. Grace Leatherman, 93 died Thursday, 
February 20, 1975. She is survived iby her daughter, 
Mrs. iGera'ldine Johnson. She was a member of 
the First Brethren Church in EJkhart, Indiana. 
Dale RuLon, Pastor. 


Mrs. Lena M. McKinney, of 12811 KnoMey View 
Avenue, Cresaptown, Maryland born October 20, 
1913 departed this life February 5, 1975. Surviving 
are a son; one step-daughter, and three step^sons; 
four sisters and two brothers; 13 grandchildren 
and four great-grandchildren. She was a member 
of the First Brethren Church, Cum'berland, Mary- 
land. Rev. Bruce C. Shanholtz conducted memorial 
services, with the assistance of Rev. Robert L. 
Nair, pastor of the United Methodist Church, 
Potomac Park, a long time friend of the family. 
* * * 


Lauree Kerr passed away February 14, 1975 at 
the age of 74. Rev. M. W. Dodds conducted the 
memorial services. 

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Charles Lavoie, 
Stryker, Ohio and 2 grandsons; Rex of California 
and Bruce of Stryker. 

She had been a member of the Bryan, Ohio First 
Brethren Church since 1917. 


Mr. Harry Knee, age 89, of Wabash, Indiana, 
passed away at his winter home in Florida on 
January 27, 1975. He is survived by his wife, a 
daughter, Mrs. Ruth HuUinger; a grand-daughter 
and three great-grandsons. 

He became a member of the College Comer 
Brethren Church in 1907 and served as a deacon 
of the church for many years. Services were held 
at the church with the Rev. Duane Dickson offi- 
ciating. Burial was in the Mississinewa Memorial 
Cemetery, Wabash, Indiana. 


David Franklin Smith of 32 Pennsylvania Ave- 
nue, Cumberland, Maryland, bom July 1, 1893 
departed this life October 18, 1974. He is survived 
by a daughter, Mrs. Elva Baldwin, same address; 
also a brother, Grover Smith of Baker, West Vir- 
ginia. Mr. Smith attended The First Brethren 
Church, Cumberland, Maryland. The undersigned 
conducted memorial services with interment in 
Sunset Memorial Park Bedford Road. 

Bruce C. Shanholtz 

* * * 


Robert W. Newoomb, 21, passed away Decemiber 
2, 1974. Surviving are his mother, father, two 
sisters and one brother. Services were held on 
December 4th; burial was in the County Line 
Cemetery with Rev. Wilbur L. Thomas officiating. 

* * * 


Melvln E. Metzger, 92, a resident of the Brethren 
Home, passed away December 17, 1974. Funeral 
services were conducted Decemt>er 20, by Pastor 
Edward West at the Johnson Funeral Home in 
Mulberry, Indiana. 



On January 3, 1975 Miss Diana L. Lawson, 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Burvia W. Lawson, Wa- 
bash, Indiana and Jeffery R. KeUam, son of Mr. 
and Mrs. Everett E. KeUam, Wabash, Indiana, 
were married in the sanctuary of the CoiUege 
Corner Brethren Church. Rev. Duane Dickson 
officiated at the service. Jeff and Diana are both 
memlbers of the College Comer Church. These 
newlyweds are residing in Fort Wayne where he 
is an Indiana University student. 


Earl and Lois Smith, 50th Wedding Anniversary 
March 25, 1975. They are members of the First 
Brethren Church, Elkhart, Indiana. 

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Douglass, members of 
the Flora First Brethren Church, celebrated their 
50th Wedding Anniversary Januciry 25, 1975. 

On November 4, 1974, WUliam and Ruth Rench 
memlbers of Stockton, CaHfomia Bretiiren Church 
celeibrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary. 


Paris Street, Ashland, Ohio — 3 by baptism 

5 by letter 
Sarasota, Florida — 9 by baptism 

2 by letter 
Flora, Indiana — 5 by baptism 

March 22, 1975 

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"The more we are involved, the more we will 
understand," President Clayton told members of 
the college family at a recent meeting of admin- 
istrators, faculty, and staff. With this uitroduc- 
tion. Dr. Clayton gave a resume of the meeting 
of the Ashland Collage Board oif Trustees, which 
met January 29 for their semi-annual meeting 
on the campus. In addition to the Trustees, selected 
people representing the administration, instruc- 
tiomal faculty, and students were in attendance. 

Some of this information is ibeing shared with 
you — ^the Brethren Church. To paraphrase Dr. 
Clayton's statement, the more we are informed, 
the more we want to be involved. 

The campus center was officially named the 
Ada F. Patterson Camipus Center, in memory of 
this long-time resident of Ashland. Miss Patterson 
was always young in heart; a lover of fun and 
youth. Miss Patterson bequeathed $105,000 which 
was the incentive to students to raise additional 
funds for remodeling the former library. With 
many projects and additional gifts the cost was 
met, and the campus center was opened at ithe 
start of the second semester. The camipus center 
houses the student union, the bookstore, the mail 
room, and the copy center. 

The Trustees gave the distinction of Faculty 
Emeritus to Dr. L. E. Lindower and Harry E. 
Weidenhamer, who retired in 1974 after serving 
Ashland College for 37 and 31 years respectively. 

Enrollment for this semester is about 1760 full- 
time students. It is normal to have a decUne for 
the second semester due to Deceaniber graduates 
(78) and student dismissals (21) for ppor grades. 

Applications for the freshman class are far 
more numerous than in previous years. "There 
is an outlook of hope on campus," President 
Clayton said. "The academic program is still good 
and the quahty of the program is high despite 
a few necessary cuts." 

The Trustees accepted the Report of the Long- 
Range Planning Committee as a iguideUne. In- 
cluded in the Report were basic assumptions which 
affect the College's planning, long — and short — 
range recommendations, and areas in need of 
further study. The Committee memibers were 
representatives of the trustees, administration, 
instructional faculty, and staff. 

Tuition was increased $100 per semester for 
1975-76. It is imperative that the increase be 
granted, due to the rising costs which beset us all. 
There was no increase in the iboard and room fees. 

The Trustees re-elected their officers: Elton 
Whitted (Ashland), Chairman; Thomas Stoffer 
(Canton), Vice Chairman; Stephen Gilbert 
(Toledo), Secretary; and Paul Steiner (Lanark), 
Assistant Secretary. 

Trustees representing The Brethren Church who 
attended the meeting were: R. Wellington Klingel, 
Milford Brinegar, Thomas Stoffer, Howard Win- 
field, C. A. King, Wade B. Johnson, Paul D. 
Steiner, Robert Kline, Smith Rose, Enunert R. 
Wilson, Glenn Shank, Stephen Gilbert, Mrs. Daniel 
Stanley, Thomas Van Meter, Myron S. Kam, Elton 
Whitted, Virgil Bamhart, Jack Brant, RotoeiTt 
Keplinger, James Black, LeRoy Boyer, and Merle 

Mrs. Clayton entertained the Trustee Auxiliary 
in the President's office. Mrs. R. WeUington 
Klingel (SmithviUe) presided over the bnei 
business meeting, ^which included election of 
officers. Mrs. Robert KUne (Dayton) and Mrs. 
Thomas Van Meter (Ashland) are president and 
seoretary-treasurer respectively. 

Jurgen iMueUer, the German exchange student, 
who is sponsored by the Auxiliary, spoke on 'Ms 
experiences at the College. Mrs. Joseph (Anita) 
Reichard, associate professor Of (Jerman, was a 
guest with Jurgen. 

The 100th anniversary of Ashland College will 
be in 1978. Activities under the broad title of 
Project 78 are being planned. The year wiH be 
exciting, commemorating many experiences of 
joy, disappointment, growth, hope, and faith. 

Joan Ronk 

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Missionary Net Operator 

WORLD. Mr. Herb Hofer was bom in South 
Dakota where he grew up on a farm aJid later 
owned a farm machinery business ajid also sold 
securities and investments for several years. Upon 
moving to Florida he began a hobby as a ham 
operator which started him on a new ministry 
for Christ in working with missionaries around 
the world. At present his station is located in the 
back room of his store known as Herlb's BaiTber 
Sihop in the Colonial Shopping Center, a Mock 
from the Sarasota First Brethren Church. 

Brother Herb has been sending messages for 
missionaries and phone patches for families in 
the United States for the past eight years. Herb 
has been a member of the Sarasota First Brethren 
Church for almost six years and has heilped to 
make contact with our missionaries in Colombia 
cind Argentina. 

Brother Herb has a brother in South Dakota 
WOE44 with whom he talks every day. Herb is 
also a private pilot with over 17 years of flying. 
He is a member of the Christian Business Men of 
Sarasota and is treasurer of the Laymen's organ- 
ization at Sarasota First Brethren. His wife Wanda 
is a nurse at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and his 
daughter Melody graduated this past year from 
Wheaton College and is now teaching music in 
an elementary school in Bradenton, Florida. 

— Sarasota, Florida 


WeU its been a while since you've heard fro 
us here in Oak HUl, but we're stiU praising the 
Lord in all things. 

October 28 thru November 3rd were the dates, 
for our fall revival with the Rev. Kent Beimett. I 
Rev. Bennett ibrought a series of messages on j 

"THE SKY'S THE LIMIT" was the title given '| 
our Sunday School contest in October. Our attend- J 
ance has been considerably higher since the con- 1| 
test. Average attendance for the month of Septem- 1 
ber, 1974 was 86, with an average of 117 for the' 
imonth of October 1974, as comivared to an average ! 
attendance of 72 for the month of October 1973. i 
There was a net gain in membership of 15 and 14 I 
persons confirmed their Faith through baptism i 
in 1974. PRAISE THE LORD! ; 

October 27, a movie, "A THIEF IN THE I 
NIGHT," was shown at the church. This is not ' 
an entertaining fOm but one that makes us more ] 
aware of how little time there is to contact the ' 
unsaved and make them realize that now is the j 
accepted time to receive Christ as their Savior j 
because tomorrow may be too late. 

Christmas was a real blessing as it always is 
to us at First Brethren. It was also a very busy 
time. There was the Cantata, "MIRACLE OF 
LOVE"; the Christmas play, "CHRISTMAS VIS- 
ITOR FROM OUTERSPACE", written and direct- 
ed by our Pastor, BUI Skeldon. Various classes 
got together for time of fellowship as well as 
parties for the youth. Two of the most enjoyable 
services of the Holiday Season were the Christmas 
Eve Candle Light Service and the Watch Night 
Service on New Years Eve. They were a blessing 
to all who could attend. 

Missionary Conference January 10, 11, and 
12th with the Rev. Dick Winfield was especially - 
enlightening with regard to the mission fields of 
Colombia, India and Nigeria. Mrs. Fred Pennington 
and Mrs. Burl Burton were elected as co-chairman 
of the Missionary Committee and are to report 
monthly on the happenings in the Mission Field. 
Faith Promise offering was received on Sunday 
and a total of $2870.00 promised for the year 
1975. Our Faith is strong and we know the Lord 
wiU bless us accordingly. 

During the month of January, Sunday morning 
worship services were heard over WOAY radio 
station in Oak HUl. This was especially appreciated 
by our Shut-Ins. 

Our new church bus arrived Feib. 9, 1975. Its 
a bright orange, 15 passenger, Plymouth Van and 
will be used for all church services as well as other 
activities of the church. Visitation for our bus 
routes is scheduled for each Saturday at 2 P.M. 
We would appreciate your prayers as we attempt 
to use this bus to bring new Souls to Christ. 

February 6, was the first meeting of the new 
"PRAYER AND SHARE" groups at the home of 1 
June AUen. Another group met at Mrs, Aliens on 
Feb. 13, with six persons attending. A wonderful 
time of fellowship and sharing of Christian ex- 
periences was enjoyed by all attending. There wiU 
also 'be groups meeting at the church on Fridays 
beginning Feib. 21, at 7 P.M. Other groups will be 
meeting in individual homes as the Lord leads. 

Warch 22, 1975 

A Valentine party was given for the youth on 
Friday Feib. 14. Feb. 11 the Sisterhood girls spon- 
sored a Valentine dinner at the church with 
approximately seventeen persons attending. 

Hats off to our basketball coach, Gary Crouch 
and team. Our church team has played a two 
game win in the first two games of the season. 
Keep up the good work. Seems as though that's 
aU the news we can think of for now but hoipe to 
have more for next month. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Linda Smith 
Corresponding Secretary 

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At a recent special congregational meeting. 
Pastor Delmer G. Lawson, was extended and has 
accepted the pastoral call for his third year as 
leader of the Stockton Congregation. Sj>irit-borin 
enthusiasm and endeavor enriched by energy in 
Christian love and fellowship is producting a 
strong indication of great things ahead for this 

Prayers, ideas, and dreams of building construc- 
tion on Stockton's large prime, unused portion 
of property are slowly becomiing more tangible. 
Volunteers, under the capable direction of Brother 
Dorman Ronk, in Ashland, Ohio are pursuing 
"facts, figures, and statistics" to get an initial 
sense of direction as to the feasibility of this 
potential program. 
Our Sunday School: 

The Sunday School Department's great new 
leader for the new church year, Brother Wesley 
Steyer, is gaining consistent growth. His new 
projects and plans are drawing a high-level in- 
terest from old and young aUke. New spiritual 
life is being ibom into our midst, as old attendance 
records are shattered, and solid new averages are 

Respectfully submitted: 
Ruth A. Creson 
Recording Secretary 


Greetings from Flora, Indiana. We have been 
busy as usual. Our revival meetings were held 
last fall with Rev. W. E. Thomas of Loree in 
charge. His inspirational messages were enhanced 
with special music from the Gospel Tones quartet. 
William McCarty, one of the members of the 
quartet, led congregational singing each evening. 

The Hueni family of Mlshawaka provided won- 
derful messages in song for our Rally Day pro- 
igram in October. 

We celebrated the birthday of Jesus with a 
carryto supper on the evening of December 8th. 
Each Sunday School class provided a special num- 
ber for the program. 

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We just cani depend on the other guy to keep our 
outdoors beautiful. Its up to each and every one of 
us to prevent sight pollution and to make America a 
better place to live. For ways you can help, send for 
Woodsy Owls anti-pollution poster. It's yours free 
when you write Woodsy Owl, Forest Service, U.S.D.A 
Washington, DC 20250 

And remember, give a hoot, don't pollute. 
Don't be a dirty bird, no matter where you go 

"TIK3 " 

WOODSY OWL, the anti-pollution spokesbird for 
the U.S. Forest Service says: 

Run your dishwasher only once a day, or less, de- 
pending on size of your family. This helps to con- 
serve water. 

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April 5. 1975 

No. 8 

The Brethren 



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In This Issue 


NEVER! (Editorial) 





Insipiri'tionaJ for May 


Program for May 





Senior and Junior Programs for May 






A tribute and memorial to Mrs. Fred Vanator, 
wife of Rev. Fred Vanator, Pastor Emeritus otf 
The First Brethren Church in Sarasota, Floiida 
is published on page 7 of this issue. Having been 
acquainted with Rev. and Mrs. Vanator since they 
served in the pastorate of the Brethren Church 
in (Ilanton, Ohio and perhaps a bit more fully 
since occupying the chair once held by Rev. 
Vanator as Editor of THE iBRE,THREN EVAN- 
GELIST. I wish to echo, in behalf of The Publish- 
ing Coimpany the sentiments expressed by Dr. 
Hamel in his tribute to her. 

A poem whose author is unknown was sent with 
the tribute by Dr. Hamel and exemplifies to the 
utmost the life of Mrs. Vanator and we might add 
it also applies to a legion of feminalities knowm 
as pastors' wives: 

There is one person in your chiirdh 

Who knows your preacher's life; 
She's wept and saniled and prayed with him, 

And that's your preacher's wife. 

She knows your prophet's weakest point, 

And knows his greatest power; 
She's heard him sipeak in trumpet tone 

In his great triumph hour. 
She's heard him groaning in his soul 

When bitter raged the strife, 
As, hand in his, she knelt with him — 

For she's the preacher's wife. 
The crowd has seen him in his strength. 

When glistened his drawn siword 
As underneath God's banner folds 

He faced the devil's horde. 
But she knows deep within her heart 

That scarce an hour before, 
She helped 'him pray the glory down 

Behind a fast-closed door 
You tell your tales of prophets brave 

Who walked across the world. 
And changed the course of history 

But burning words they hurled. 
And I will tell how, back of them, 

Some women lived their lives, 
Who wept with them and prayed with them- 

They were the preachers' wives! 

— Author unknown 

April 5, 1975 

Page Three 


By the Way 


But Forget^ « . Never^^ 

Henry Ward Beecher is credited with this philo- 
sophy on ifoirgiveness: "I can forgive, but I canno't 
forget" is only another way of saying, "I will not 
forgive." Forgiveness ought to he like a cancelled 
note — torn in two, and ibumed up, so that it never 
can be shown against one. 

There have been ever so many things written 
and quoted about the subject of forgiveness rang- 
ing from a humorous to the utmost in philoso- 
phical tones such as Oscar Wilde's "Always for- 
give your enemies, nothing annoys them so much" 
aind "There is no revenge so complete as forgive- 
ness" by Josh Billings to Alexander Pope's "To 
err is human; to forgive, divine" and "The weak 
can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute 
of the strong" by Mahatma Gandhi. 

But the most clear-cut example of forgiveness 
is ifound in the Scriptures and weire this example 
followed to the utmost, words such as revenge, 
retaliation, reprisal, vengeance, vindictiveness 
could be eliminated from our vocabulary. The 
exemiple of forgiveness referred to is found in the 
Gospel of Matthew in dhaipters 18 and especially 
in chapter 6. 

Matthew 6:12 — "And forgive us our debts, as 
we forgive our debtors." The Uttle word as makes 
a great deal of difference. It puts a big respotn- 
silbility upon us. As we forgive our debtors, God 
is to forgive us. 

Matthew 18:21-35 — "Then came Peter to him, 
and said. Lord, how oft shall my brother sin 
against me, and il forgive him? till seven 'times? 
Jesus saitli unto him, I say not unto thee, Until 
seven times: but. Until seventy times seven. There- 
fore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a 
certain king, which would take account of his ser- 
vants. And when he had begun to reckon, one 
was broiught unto hiim, Which owed him ten thous- 
and talents. But forasrmjoh as he had not to pay, 
his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, 
and children, and all that he had, and payment 
to 'be made. The servant .therefore fell down and 

worshipped him, saying. Lord, have patience with 
me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that 
servant was moved w:itih compassion, and loosed 
him, and forgave him the debt. But the same ser- 
vant went out, and found one of his f ellowservants, 
which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid 
hands on him, and took him by the throat saying. 
Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservajnt feU 
down at his feet, and besought him, saying. Have 
patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he 
would not: but went and cast him into prison tUl 
he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants 
saw what was done, they were very sorry, and 
came and told unto their lord all that was done. 
Then his lord, after that he had called him, said 
unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee 
all that debt, because thou desiredst me: Shouldest 
not tihou also have had compassion on thy fellow- 
servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord 
was wroth, and deUvered him to the tormentors, 
till he should pay all that was due unto him. So 
likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto 
you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one 
his ibrother their treaspasses." 

Peter thought he was being generous when he 
asked if he should forgive seven times; but, Jesus 
said seventy times seven. 

The first servant owed millions of doUars, which 
he could never pay back. We are like this servant 
as to the debt we owe God. He forgives us that 
debt When we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord 
of our lives. The second servant owed $18.00. How 
can we expect God to forgive us our millions if 
we are not willing to forgive our fellowman 'his 
$18.00. Verse 35 tells us God wiQ do the same thing 
to us as the lord of the first master did to him if 
we do not forgive from our hearts our own hro'th- 
er 'his trespasses. (G.S.) 

Editorial based O'n a sermon by 
Rev. R. 'Carpen'ter, Pastor, 
N. I. Ohristiam Church 

Behold affronts and indignities which the world 
things it right never to pardon, whidh the Son 
of God endures with a Divine meekness! Let us 
cast at the feet of Jesus that false honor, that 
quick sense of affronts, which exaggerates every 
thing, and pardons nothing, and, above all, that 
devilish determination in resenting injuries. 
— Quesnel 

For still in mutual sufferance lies 
The secret of true living; 

Love scarce is love that never knows 
The sweetness of forgiving. 

—J. G. Whittier 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


by Kenneth L. Solomon i 

The Lord helped in a marvelous way to get 
everything in readiness for the arrival of the 
Work and Worship Tour group, and also, in carry- 
ing O'Ut each day's activities. 

On Saturday, January 25th, the group arrived 
at the Medellin, Colombia airport and were met 
by Kenneth Solomon, missionary in Colombia, 
along with his fine Christian friend Who assisted 
the Americans through customs. While awaiting 
their turn in customs. Reverend William Fells 
(pastor at Sugar Creek Church of The Brethren) 
led the group in practicing Spanish choruses they 
were learning. They proceeded on their trip on a 
bus quite similar to scenic cruisers in the States 
and were soon settled in their hotel rooms. After 
a brief time of rejoicing, praising God, prayer of 
thanksgiving and orientation, we introduced them 
to their first Latin "lunch" — ^Where none could 
get used to eating so much food, but they reaUy 
enjoyed it and the fine service. 

That afternoon most wanted to rest; however, 
some did go out with Joel and Margi Solomon 
acting as their guides and interpreters. At that 
time I was ibusily making final arrangements for 
the evangelistic supper to be held that evening. 
This special dinner at 7:30 accomodated 60 per- 
sons — Which included tour members, missionaries 
and local people. They sat at tables so that there 
wa5 soimeone who knew a little of both languages 
and little taibles accomniiodated both North and 
South Americans mixed. After the supper there 
was singing in English, a lovely special number 
in EngUsh and Spanish by Becky Grumbling and 
<Vhen a Salvation message and invitation by 
Reverend Curtright of the Burlington Church with 
Reverend Solomion interpreting. Gideon New Test- 
aments were given out to many and tracts offered 
to the waiters. 

Sunday morning the bus picked us up at 9:30 
A.M. and took us to the rented house in Camp 
Valdes where the group of 50 or more heard a 
■half -hour program with Becky Grumbling's special 
number, Carl Barber's testimony and with Bill 
Fells leading Spanish choruses. Mid-afternoon 
then we had a fellowship at the missionary's home 
and at 6:30 P.M. a meeting for the neighbors. 

Monday A.M. the 'bus took the group on a tour 
of the most interesting places in Medellin, of which 

Wor-k and Worship Tour' in 
Medellin, Colombia 

the Bull Ring was one of the main attractions. 
They then gave the morning Chapel service at the 
George Washington School for missionary children 
located on the Inter-American United Biblical 
Seminary grounds. Rev. Fells spoke to the children 
and Becky sang again. They toured the schools 
then and had a visit with the missionaries. That 
afternoon we accepted the invitation of imy dairy 
farmer neighbor to visit his 200 acre farm. They 
had a 'wonderful time at the farm and Reverend 
Curtright looked like a Wyoming cowboy when 
he rode the lovely white horse. Those Who re- 
mained in town went shopping with Jeanette 

Monday evening we had a program of worship 
and fellowship with all EngUsh-speaking people 
of Medellin invited. 1 translated the message ot 
Carl Banber, Becky sang as did Jon Bariber and 
Tom Keplinger anid Mrs. Lowell Brown gave a 

Tuesday the bus took the tour group up into the 
mountains toward Rio Negro with a young man 
of iColombia providing gruitar music and real 
Colombian flavor to the tri'p. We all enjoyed the 
600 varieties of orchids at the restored coloniial 
type pueblo and many bought ponchos and rugs. 
This place has 40,000 Sheep on the large ranch. 
Then we enjoyed eating at the restaurant at the 

April 5, 1975 

Page Five 

ibase of a magniificent waterfall up in the moun- 
' tains. After that we saw a lot of lovely scenic 
views on our way back to MedeiULn by another 
route, finishing the trip at our very modern super 
market for souvenirs. 

Wednesday morning we haid our final devotional 
period together and later had some apprehensive 
moments w^ith reservation difficulties at the air- 
port ibut finally saw them off alright for the next 
leg of their trip to Argentina. We certainly en- 
joyed their all too brief visit and they left quite 
an impact upon the lives of those who met them. 

Mr. and Mrs. iMarlin Mansfield of the Bryan 
Church remained with us another 24 hours and 
we accompanied them to Bogota where we had 
some legal ibusineas and also enjoyed two tours 
with them. 

It was so great ! We'd gladly do it again ! ! 

Awaiting word from Argentina for the news 
o(f the remainder of the trip. ... to be continued. 

Sunday service at Campo Valdes with 
Medellin residents and tour group. 


A Home Mission Minislti/ in Sf. Pelenhiifg, florida 

Phil & Jean lefseh msii^ 
Bonnie Miinson ^ UT^ ' 


During January and February, one activity that 
helped the children understand Jesus' growth from 
'babyhood to manhood was the creation of a picture 
roll "movie" in a cardboard 'box. The picture roll 
(made of ishelif papier) was placed on out-off broom 

Beforehand the area for each picture was 
marked off on the shelf paper. These "frames" 
were the size of the cardboard hex oipening. Then 
at the top of each picture square we printed the 
■foiUowing headings: 

1. "Jesus is presented in the Temple when he 
was 40 days old." 

2. "Jesus helps 'his mother Mary in theiir home 
in Nazareth." 

3. "Jesus helps iMiary ,get food in the market." 

4. "Jesus helps iget wiater at the w^eM and gather 

5. "Jesus helps Joseph in the carpenter shop." 

6. "Jesus goes to school in the synagogue with 
other village boys." 

7. "Jesus celeibrates Passover with his famaily." 

8. "Jesus travels with his parents to Jerusalem 
for the Passover celebration." 

9. "Jesus stays in the Temple to talk with the 
teachers of the Law." 

10. "Jesus goes back to Nazareth with ihis 

With these headings on the large strip of yeUow 
shelf paper, ruled off to show the size of opening 
in the movie box, the children then filled in their 
ideas of pictures to go with each heading. The 
paper was rolled out on a long table for this 

The Sunday morning after the pictures were all 
done, one young boy (age 10) worked with an 
adult enaibler (teacher) and tape recorded a narra- 
tion to accompany the turning of the pictures by 
twisting the broom sticks extending through the 
top Off the box at each side. It was well done (plus 
the exchange between adult and child was very 
good) and became a part of the closing worship 
that day. We'll also use it as a listening center 
for the afterschool program during the week. 

So now we have a "movie" of the life of Jesus 
(made iby the kids themselves from the time he 
was 40 days old and presented in the temple until 
he was 12 years old and accompanied his parents 
to Jerusalem for the celetbration of the Passover 

Firsit, this process of maldng- the movie box 
helped cement the ideas of Jesiis' igrowth in ithe 
children's minds. And now viewing the movie re- 
inforces these events for them also. 

Just this moiming. Amy (age 4) was trying to 
read the headings of the pictures as we looked 
at them together. 

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The Brethren Evang'elist ' 


by Reverend Norman Lone 

The members and friends of First Brethren 
Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania were surely 
"Walking In The Light" during the weekend of 
January 25 and 26, the occasion of the 85th anni- 
versary of the Brethren Church in Pittsburg. The 
presence of the Lord was felt in a great weekend 
of Christian celebration of the light He has given 
us to walk in. Past, Present and Future. 

Saturday night the anniversary celebration 
opened with a delicious carry-in supper. The theme 
of the evening was "The Light of the Past". Since 
the founding date of the Brethren Church in Pitts- 
burgh was 1890, the idea of the "Gay 90's" was 
carried out both in the old-time costumes some 
of the people wore and in the extensive display of 
historical material, much of which was donated 
by Mrs. Neva Grhnes. The highhght of the display 
was a comforter hand-quilted by one of the ladies 
of the church, Mrs. Rosannah Henry, during the 
years from 1912 to 1932. It had a large drawing 
Oif the church in the center, and around it were 
bricks, each of which had a written name of one 
of the members of the church during that period. 

Missionary Board, but he also served as phot* 
grapher for the weekend events. 

Gay 90's ajyparel and historical display 

enjoyed at the First Brethren 

Church's celebration. 

The guest speaker, former pastor Rev. Alvin 
Grumbling, gave an excellent challenge from the 
Word of God admonishing the Pittsiburgh Brethren 
to learn from the past and let the past be an 
example for the present and Che future. Also, 
bringing greetings were several members of tiie 
Pennsylvania District Mission Board: John Golby, 
Chairman; Doyle Paul, Joseph Hanna and James 

Sunday morning Mr. John Rowsey, Associate 
Secretary of the Missionary Board of The Brethren 
Church shared a good word on the topic of "Pres- 
ent Light" by preaching from the first chapters 
of John and First John. Brother Rowsey not only 
gave an able challenge for the Pittsburgh Breth- 
ren to walk in Christ's light of the present 
moment, as official representative of the national 

Congregation at the 85th Anniversary of 
the Pittsburgh Church 

One of the hig'hlights of the Saturday night and 
Sunday morning services was the "Passing of the 
Bible" from the older generation, represented by 
Marie Halpine, Deaconess, to today's generation, 
represented by Jack Moore, Vice Moderator, to 
tomorrow's generation, represented by Jhnmy 
McLaughlin, B.Y.C. President. A cordial welcome 
to members, friends and visitors was given by 
James McLaughlin, Moderator of the congregation. 

After a delicious turkey banquet at noon, the 
Sunday afternoon sei-vices at 2:30 was the clunax 
of the celebration. Guest speaker, former pastor 
Reverend Brian Moore, gave a stirring challenge 
to "Walk In the Light of the Future". His text 
was Exodus 14:10-18 from which he proclaimed 
that walking commences with waiting, continues 
with work and concludes with worshipping. Special 
music was brought at the service by Reverend C. 
William Cole from the Vinco Brethren Church 
and the speaker's mother, Mrs. Edith Moore from 
the Highland Brethren Church. 

As we look to the future light, our prayer at 
Pittsburgh is that, "If we walk In the light as 
He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship 
with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son 
cleanses us from all sin." (I John 1:7) We covet 
the prayers of the Brethren in this Inner city 
home mission work hi Pittsburgh. 


Reverend and Mrs. WUham Walk are presently 
In Candidate training sessions at Missionary In- 
ternship in Michigan. They wiU be doing depu- 
tation this summer in the months of June and 
July among the Brethren Churches. 

If you would like to schedule Reverend Walk 
to be at your church, kindly contact the Missionary 
Board of The Brethren Church and you wUl be 
scheduled in Ms itinerary. 

April 5, 1975 Page Seven 



Mrs. Fred (Helen) Vanator went home to be with her Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ, Tuesday, March 11, 1975. Bom in Liberty Mill.'; , Indiana, she was the former 
Helen Rabbins from Warsaw, Indiana. Rev. and Mrs. Vanator and daughter Esther 
and Carl Mohler, son-in-law, founded the Sarasota, Florida First Brethren Church, 
November 7, 1954 with an Initial gathering of ten members in their home on Lime 
Avenue. She served, with her husband, Brethren churches in Canton, Ohio; Peru, 
Indiana; Fremont, Ohio; and Sarasota, Florida. She also served the National 
Women's Missionary Society as Vice-President and was Editor of the "Woman's 
Outlook" for twenty-seven years. 

Helen Vanator loved Jesus and His Church. Nothing except a serious illness ever 
kept her from attending its services. She never shone in the social world, but she 
blessed more people by her Christian influence than any number of society queens 
you could name on the face of the earth. She loved her Bible and it was stained 
with use. It was her guide from Grace to Glory. 

She met the ultimate in her life with a majestic calmness. 

As a pastor's wife it is impossible to tell how many tears she has wiped away; 
how much pain and suffering she has had to endure for others; how many burdens 
she has lifted in her own strength of witness for Christ; how many souls she was 
instrumental in leading to Jesus by her faithfulness in His Church. She understood 
the weariness in her pastor's face, she understood the concern in 'his voice as he gave 
prayer requests, and she understood the tears in his eyes during the altar call for 
she knew those whom he would like to see come forward and receive Christ. She 
understood his discouragement when he returned from a call and had met with no 
response . . yes, she understood the pastor better than anyone else in the congrega- 
tion, for she was a pastor's wife. 

One of the consequences of such a Godly life is the enduring memory of a beau- 
tiful sixty-seven years of marriage. For Rev. Fred Vanator, Esther and Carl, she 
was the light and love of their life. Wherever Rev. Vanator served as a pastor or 
Editor for twelve years of Brethren Publications she was loved and appreciated for 
the sweet fragrance of her dedicated, unselfish life. As a pastor's wife she was al- 
ways there to augment and compliment his work and ministry without ever wanting 
any of the credit, in fact she would rather stay in the background. 

Helen Vanator left no great estate. There was no fortune of money or posses- 
sions or great memorial in her honor. But When we left that body in its final resting 
place we still had the legacy of a great Godly woman who loved others more than 

We recall her gracious spirit, her personal charm, her gentle manner, her un- 
failing kindness and courtesy. We shall miss her friendsMp, but we rejoice in her 
entry into the glory of Heaven. 

"Favour is deceitful, and ibeauty is vain; but a iwom-an that feareth the Loird, she 
shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands ; and let her own works praise her 
in the gates. Many daiugtiters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all." 

— Proverbs 31:29-31 
— ^Dr. J. D. Hamel, Sarasota, Florida 

Surviving Mrs. Helen G. Vanator are husband, Rev. Fred C. Vanator 
and daughter, Mrs. Esther Mohler. 

The funeral service was conducted by Dr. J. D. Hamel and Rev. 
Clarence Stetvart. Interment ivas in the Sarasota Memorial Park. 

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Inspirational for May 


by J. Perry Dee+ej 

The Christia 

n and Partiality 

James 2:1-13! 

I suppose that all of us have been guilty of 
showing partiality to someone at one time or 
another during our life-time. If not, I am sure 
that we have all seen examples of this practice 
Which James tells us is a sin. (v. 9) It may have 
been in such a simple form as "teacher's pet" in 
school. There are some parents who favor one 
of their children over another. We may have seen 
it in our daily work, where someone had an "in" 
with the boss and took life easy while everyone 
else worked hard. No doubt many other examples 
of partiality wiU come to your mind, if you pause 
here for a few minutes to think about this 

James gives us one good illustration of par- 
tiality in verses 1-4. Here he teHs us about a well- 
dressed, wealthy man who co'mes into the assem- 
bly (or church), at the same time that a poor man, 
dressed in threadbare clothes, enters. If we make 
a lot of fuss over the rich man, by "rolling out 
the red carpet", and giving him the best seat in 
the house, but say to the poor man, "You can sit 
over there on the floor, or just stand there, if you 
like", we are showing partiality. The Laving Bible 
puts it this way; "judging a man by his wealth 
■shows that you are guided by wrong motives." We 
are looking outwardly, not inwardly, at the two 

Let's stop and think about our own church. Is 
everyone who comes sure of receiving a genuine 
welcome? This means more than just a handshake 
from someone wearing a carnation in his button- 
hole. It takes unofficial greetings, given with a 
friendly smUe, from a number of people, to make 
strangers feel at home. We must show genuine 
Christian concern to newcomers in our midst. This 
friendly welcome and concern mus.t be extended 
to all visitors, regardless of their overall appear- 
ance, their clothing, the cut of their hair, and, 
yes, even the color of their skin. Romans 3:11 
reads "For there is no respect of persons with 
God." The Living Bible translates this passage as 
follows: "For God treats everyone the same". Can 
we, as followers of Christ, do less? 

A national opinion po'll reports that some Prot- 

estant denominations appeal primarily to wealthy, 
socially minded people. Others appeal to people 
in humbler circumstances. A very formal liturgical 
church seems to attract more socialities, political 
leaders, and business executives, while a denom- 
ination noted for its informality and emotional- 
ism draws most of its members from the more 
"common" folks. I believe that the ideal denom- 
ination would be one in which people from all 
walks of life, and from ail the various so called 
"social levels", could feel at home. Can we Breth- 
ren say that our denomination fits into this last 
category? I hope that we can. 

There have been rare instances in which "un- 
desirables" have been kept out of a church by 
physical force. The way most churdies operate, 
however, When they want to get rid of unwanted 
peo'ple, is by the use of the "cold shoulder" treat- 
ment. They just simply ignore the person or per- 
sons. In most cases, -when people receive this kind 
of treatment, they look elsewhere for a chui'ch 
home. Either that, or they figure all churches are 
that way and so they don't go to any of them. 

If a person who has not yet found Christ comes 
into a church, it is aU the more important to make 
him feel at home, no matter what we might think 
of his appearance. This person needs to be won 
to the Lord, but if we ignore him by not giving 
him a warm welcome, we will prejudice him 
against not only the churdh, but the Gospel as well. 

There are other ways vn which partiality may 
show up in a church. A Sunday School teacher or 
a youth leader may play favorites. Also, in a large 
num'oer of churches, there is an "in" group, usually 
a minority made up of the "leading" members of 
the congregation. People in this group show i>ar- 
tiality by limiting their social contacts and j)er- 
sonal friendships to others in this select group. 
They tend to ignore other members of the con- 
gregation who are not in this circle. Some of those 
who are excluded may co'me to feel unwanted and 
look somewhere else for a church home. 

A casual reading of verses 5-7 might very well 
give the impression that God favors tihe poor peo- 

April 5, 1975 

Page Nine 

pie over the rich, but remember, "there is no re- 
spect of persons with God". Neither wealth nor 
poverty gives anyone an advantage. Let's look 
more closely at what James may be trying to 
lieOl us here. 

Most CJhriS'tians are not wealthy. Of course, even 
in affluent America, most people in general are 
5 not rich. The Gospel seems to appeal more strong- 
ly to the poor than to the rich. It may be that 
wealth tends to make a person feel that he can 
get along on his own without God. Even though 
people who are not wealthy seem to be more 
open to Christianity than those who are, most 
poor people, too, are unbelievers. Christians are a 
minority in almost any group. 

According to verse 6, there were some rich 
men who were oppressing the early Christians. 
This does not mean that all wealthy people were 
wicked, nor does it mean that their wickedness 
was caused by their wealth. 

If the respect of some Christians for rich men 
in the church was prompted by genuine love, the 
same as it was for poor men, the rebuke of the 
sin of showing partiahty would not apply to them. 
The wealthy need to have love shown to them just 
as much as the poor do, but sometimes they (the 
wealthy) find it harder to get. They may feel that 
what attracts other people to them is their weajith, 
and not love. 

"But you are breaking this law of our Lord's 
when you favor the rich and fawn over them; it 
is sin. And the person who keeps every law of 
God, but makes one little slip, is just as guilty as 
the person who has broken every law there is." 
(Verses 9 and 10, The Living Bible) On the basis 
of these verses, brethren, we cannot treat this 
matter lightly. If any of us are guilty of showing 
partiality to one person over another, whether it 
is in the church or not, we must turn from this 
sinful practice, and treat everyone equally. 


The following is a report of the recent 
Work and Worship tour to South America 
organized and hosted by Jim Payne, Presi- 
dent of the N.L.O. This report is compiled 
from a letter recently received by your 

A personage on a Saturday evening Television 
program once remarked, "Learn to take a NOTH- 
ING day and make SOMETHING of it." This is 
precisely what those on the tour did as they tra- 
veled to the Mission fields in South America. 

Three Senior students in high school spent a 
usual day pursuing an education with the excep- 
tion cd the usual activities after school. On Jan- 
uary 24 they altered their routine by flying to 
Miami to meet the rest of the entourage. 

A pastor and Ms wife spent a nonnal day in 
Burlington, Indiana making caUs, counselling and 
ministering and rthat evening they too, prepared 
to join the group. 

The host for the tour co^mpleted his daily chores 
on his farm and after making arrangements for 
sufficient feed to be available for the period of 
time he would be absent met a fellow Brethren 
from Warsaw, Indiana >with whom along with the 
pastor and 'his wife drove to Indianapolis for the 
connecting flight to Cincinatti, Ohio where some 
Brethren from Lima, and Troy, Ohio came aboard 
for the flight to Miami, Florida. 

There was little, if any sleep for any of the 

group as their course took them to MedeUin, 
Colombia to meet the Missionary family, the Ken 
Solomons' and attend a fellowslilp banquet with 
Colombian friends at the Hotel Europa Normandi. 
Twenty-one Brethren from five districts made 
up this group who took this thing called time and 
utilized it for a most satisfying and challenging 
experience in their lives. Brother Payne probably 
expresses it well in behalf of aU who made the 
trip with Ms words, "Praise The Lord For It All!" 

Group at left table: Tom, Keplinger, Jan 

Barber and tivo Colombian Senoritas; right 

table: Rev. and Mrs. Albert Cur-tright 

ivith a Colombian couple. 

Page Ten 

Signal Lights 

Bible Theme: 


Mission Project: 

Radio Program and Li+era+ure for Spanish 
Speaking Americans 

Signal Lights Program for May 

The Brethren Evangelist 


Bible Story 

Jesus Visits Some Friends 

(Pictures of Jesus and His three friends at 
Bethany should be on the bulletin board.) 

Do you have friends you like to visit? Who are 
they? Where do they live? (Give the children 
opportunity to tell about visiting their friends.) 

Do you have friends who come to visit you? Are 
you glad when they come? What do you do to let 
your friends know you're happy they have come? 
(Again permit the children to tell about friends 
who have visited in their home.) 

Jesus liked to visit three friends living in the 
small village of Bethany. He stopped at their 
home whenever He went through then' town. 

Mary and Martha and their brother Lazarus 
were always glad to see Him. When they knew 
He was coming they talked and planned for days. 

Martha was a good housekeeper. "We must 
clean the house before Jesus comes," she would 

Mary and Lazarus would help her. They would 
dust and sweep and scrub until everything was 
shining clean. 

Then at last they would see their Friend com- 
ing down the road. 

"It is Jesus!" Mary would say excitedly as she 
ran to meet Him. 

Mary liked to talk with Jesus. She forgot all 
about the work. She wanted to hear everything 
Jesus had to say. During His visit she was always 
Close to Him. 

Martha continued to work hard while He was 
there. She went to the market early each morning 
to find the freshest fruits and vegetables. She 
baked good bread for each meal. She fixed His 
favorite foods. She wanted her Friend to be com- 
fortable and happy during His visit. 

Lazarus would tell Jesus of the many things 
he was doing. He would show Him the garden. He 
would tell Him of the people in the village who 
needed Him. He would take Jesus to visit them. 

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, all three did their 
best to make Jesus feel welcome when He came 
to visit. They were glad He was their friend. 
—Based on Luke 10:38-42 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 18:24 

Our memory verse teHs us what we must do 
if we want to have friends. It also tells us some- 
thing about Jesus' friendship for us. 

"A man that has friends miust sihow himself 
friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer 
than a brother." 

Mission Story: 

Two Lonesome Boys 

The phone rang. "Hello," said Rev. Curtis. 

"Hello," repUed his friend. "I called to tell you 
we have two new wetbacks here at the ranch. I 
think they would be glad to have you visit them." 

This is the way Rev. Curtis learned about Juan 
and Victor. They are nice looking Mexican boys. 
They went to school for only two years. They read 
just a little Spanisli. Now they must earn money 
for their families. 

Juan is nineteen years old. He is married and 
the father of a baby. 

Victor is fifteen. He is part of a large family. 

Both Juan and Victor decided to come to the 
United States to earn the money their families 
need. They didn't know each other in Mexico. Both 
asked the same rancher lor work. Now they share 
a room and cook their meals together. 

The rancher they work for raises polo horses. 

They take care of about fifty horses. They exer- 
cise the horses, feed them, and clean the Stables. 

After their work is done they have free time. 
What can they do? They have few friends. They 
have no television. They have no car. They cannot 
speak English. 

Once a week Rev. Curtis visits Juan and Victor. 
They look forward to his visits. He is their friend. 
He drives out to the ranch just to see them. 

Rev. Curtis brings with him Bible picture books. 
He talks with them in Spanish about the stories. 
He leaves picture books for them to look at and 
think about until he comes again. 

Juan and Victor are lonesome for their famlUes. 
They want to save a little more money. Then 
they wDl go home. 

When they are back in Mexico they wUl remem- 
ber Rev. Curtis. They will remember the Bible 
stories he told them. They will teU their families 
about their friend. They will show their families 
the picture bootes he gave ffliem. They will talk 
about Jesus. 

April 5, 1975 

Page Eleven 


Senior citizens should make their opinions heard 
on public issues. It is not such a difficult task to 
accomplish although the general tendency is to 
remain silent. We want to share some hints with 
you about making your voice heard! 


"If the average member of Congress received 
as many as a half-dozen letters scrawled in pencil 
on brown wrapping paper, it would be enough to 
change his or her vote on most issues," a govern- 
ment official, veteran of about 20 years on Capitol 
HUl, once said. He may have exaggerated, but his 
statement indicates that Congress-members want 
to know how ordinary people in their districts feel 
about pubhc questions. Responsible citizens should 
write often; their letters should be in good form 
and contain compelling reasoning. Here are a lew 
suggestions for writing an effective letter to a 
national official: 

1. Keep each letter reasonably brief and limit the 
-subject matter to a single issue. When writing 
about legislation, refer to the accurate title and 
number of the bUl. 

2. Point up the moral issues involved. Specify 
why you are personally advocating a particular 
position. If an organization to which you belong 
has taken an official action on the issue, you 
may want to refer to that. Let the government 
official know that you are concerned and in- 
formed. Make your communication your own 
and not a "form letter." 

3. Be positive. Avoid criticism. If possible, com- 
pliment the legislator on some recent action, 
vote, or public speech. Occasionally devote your 
entire letter to praise for some constructive 
proposal or action. 

4. To get a personal response ask a thoughful 
question about an issue which concerns you. 
Ask for the legislator's opinion, or after you 
have stated your opinion, write, "Can I count 
on your support on this vital matter?" 

5. Point out shortcomings which you have noted 
in a particular bill. Make suggestions for 
correcting these. 


Members of Congress and Administration offi- 
cials, at least those who want to remain in Wash- 
ington, are sensitive to the feelings and opinions 
of their constituents. They handle co-mmunications 
carefully. The administrative assistant of a mem- 
ber of Congress or Senator will regularly report 
on the mail received. Telegrams often go directly 
to the legislator's desk. Phone calls, if not 
channeled directly to the official, will be typed by 
an office secretary and placed on the legislator's 
desk. Letters on issues may be grouped according 
to subject and whether favorable or unfavorable. 
Mimeographed petitions and form letters get less 
consideration than personal communications. 

Of the 600 letters that arrive daily in one Sen- 
ator's office, about 400 receive a form answer. The 
adminlsfirative assistant personally answers about 
100 and the Senator dictates answers to the other 

100. To be reaUy effective you must write letters 
that demand ipersonal answers, letters which show 
you are informed and concerned. 

The alert member of Congress will receive with 
graciousness office visits by constituents. He or 
she wiU also welcome the opinions of constituents 
through their telegrams and letters. He or she 
needs this relationship to represent adequately 
those who have sent him or her to Congress. Since 
the legislator gets so much mail from self-interest 
groups, he or she needs to hear from citizens 
primarily concerned with what seems right to 
them on moral grounds. 

The President also invites communications from 
the citizenry. He is anxious to know, for instance, 
where the people stand on issue of foreign poUcy. 
A large quantity pf communications on a specific 
issue may indicate the people's wiUingness to 
strengthen the President's hand in launching new 
and imaginative pohcies and give him a climate 
of political maneuverability. In this way citizens 
can help shake loose rigid poUcies no longer ten- 
able or effective in a rapidly changing world. 

If you define lobbying as "the use of morcd and 
rational persuasion in a personal professional 
confrontation," then there is a place of "lobbying" 
on Capitol HiU. But the activity described here 
is not lobbying in the sense of applying poUtical 
and economic pressure. It is simply exercising 
responsible citizenship. 
The President: 
The President 
The White House 
Washington, D.C. 20500 

Mr. President: 

The Honorable 

United States Senate 
Washington, D.C. 20510 

Dear Senator : 

Members of the House of Representatives: 

The Honorable 

House of Representatives 
Washmgton, D.C. 20515 

Dear Mr. (Miss, Mrs., Ms.) 

Members of the Cabinet: 
The Honorable 

(Correct title, such as "Secretary of State") 
(Correct department, such as "State Department") 
Washington, D.C. 

Dear Mr. Secretary : 

Members of the Judiciary: 

The Honorable 

(Title: Chief Justice or Associate Justice) 
United States Supreme Court 
Washington, D.C. 20543 

Dear Mr. Justice: 

Dear Mr. C3iief Justice: 

(when addressing this officer) 

The Honorable 

U.S. Mission to the U.N. 
799 United Nations Plaza 
New York, N.Y. 10017 

Page Twelve 

The Brethren Evangelist , 



by Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Board 

Dr. Everett Graffam 

Dr. Everett Graffam is the Executive Vice- 
President of the World Relief Commission. He 
has visited our General Conference and spoken 
there. He's the "man-in-charge" of expediting this 
world-wide program of aid — of which we are a 
vital part. 

Among tlie many qualities I appreciate and ad- 
mire in Dr. Graffam are his reliability, enthus- 
iasm, knowledgeable decisions and personal inter- 
est in our church's World Relief efforts. 

Here's an example of What I mean: 
I had written Dr. Graffam late in December 
(1974). His reply dated January 2, 1975, began: 
"Your letter just arrived. Thanks so much 
for your greetings, for your continued interesit 
and help. I am leaving within the next two 
hoiu-s for an emergency trip to Vietnam. 
I am hitting very quickly the items you have 
indicated in the sequence of your letter. Lillian 
(Mrs. Graffam) and my colleagues wifll care 
for the items that you have referred to. . . ." 
And then he proceeded to give concise, but ade- 
quate, information about what WRC would supply 
for our World ReUef emphasis in April. 

This was all very fine, I thought. The staff fol- 
lowed through with some further information I 

had requested. I was all set to 'begin planmng 'the 

But then in mid- January a cassette tape record- 
ing arrived with a WRC return address label. It 
was late that night before I had opportunity to 
give the tape a full-listen. Put your feet up on the 
desk with me and let's find out more about this 
special message. 

First, there is the loud roar of airplane engines 
. . . followed by a clearly-understood voice: 

"Good morning, PhU. 

"This is Everett Graffam. It's January 11th, and I 
I'm on my way from Danang to Saigon, South 
Vietnam. We're on board one of the Air Vietnam 
fUghts . . . similar to the one we used when you 
and John were with me three years ago. 

"I'm using this means to bring you up-to-date 
on some of the latest information about WRC's t 
work, particularly in Vietnam, and to answer more 
conxpletely your December letter — wthich arrived I 
the imorning of January 2nd just as I was leaving 
on my intensive 2t>-day trip. 

"I want you to know we deeply appreciate the 
continuing prayer interest and financial aid that I 
has come from the Brethren Church. They have 
been such a wonderful support to WBC. 

"First, I'll fiU you in on the Hoa Khanh Chil- 
dren's Hospital near Danang, because I know you 
and John have been there. You may use any part 
of this report as a taped letter to you and to the 
friends in the Brethren Church who have helped 
with our work so much." 

[Here are some hig^hlights of what Dr. Graffam 

— ^War-related atrocities are widespread. More 
than 40,000 have been captured by the Communists 
in one area, with only 2,000 people escaping. 
Through the help that you folks have given, CYSS 
(agency through whidh WRC works in Vietnam) 
has been able to supply funds in order to purchase 
food, bread, and tons of clothing, vitamins, and 
medicine for the refugees. 

— ^We understand that the WRC^sponsored voca- 
tional school in Dailat is in danger of enemy attaok. 
This is the tCirst cement sohood buUding built by 
the mountain people of that area for their awn 
training — with the help of WRC funds. The stu- 
dents Who go there have learned trades and crafts 
and have succeeded so well in there ability to learn 
that they have received 3 government certificates 
validating their studies. This means that the grad- 
uates from this mountain tradning school are 
qualified to go into the regular labor market. This 
is a first! WBC money made this possible. 

— ^Another thrilling report that came out while 
we were here is that the Monta^gnards (mountain 

April 5, 1975 

Page Thirteen 

people) are organizing their own World Relief 
Commission coiinterpart agency for their own 
people. They will aninister particularly to those 
suffering from Communist attacks. Another ex- 
citing dimension is that in the school they are 
getting spiritual training through chapel every 
day, which results in some of the students going 
out into the remote areas with a Gospel Team 
every weekend. We are thankful for this spiritual 
ministry, for it is consistent with our program of 

Kathie Willcuts, tvife of WRC Field Direc- 
tor in Vietnam, Stu Willcuts, brings a smile 
to a little patient at Hoa Khanh Children's 
Hospital near Danang. (Phil & John Lersch 
met the Willcuts in Saigon three years ago.) 

— ^In the Hoa Khanih Hospital area, because of 
the escalating enemy activity, many children are 
coming in with many injuries — ^some from picking 
up grenades or stepping on mines . . . also a great 
deal of disease and malnutrition in some areas. 
Because of the insecurity of the area we have not 
been able to supply needed food. 

I was in the hospital when two girls were 
brought ui with very serious burns. The black 
market is stiU selling high octane gas (which they 
steal from airbases). They put a smeU into it so 
it smells like kerosene. The unsuspecting mother 
pours this gasoline in her rice cooker, puts the 
pressure on and when she lights it, of course, it 
explodes. It burns her, the children and all their 
possessions. One girl had 30% bums over her face, 
shoulder, chest and body — all first degree bums. 
It took her 2^2 days to come down by bus to the 
hospital. She was in shock and very bad condition. 
But it was wonderful to see the loving care as the 
staff prepared for surgery, skin grafts, and other 
care. This year (1974), PhU, with the help of the 
Bretliren and your prayer interest, we have been 
able to care for 35,000 in-patient child-days of 
care. We have also had 36,000 child-days of care in 
the out-patient clinic. A monumental year of need 
and we're thankful for all that you folks have 
done to help. 

— You'U also be pleased to know that more than 
200 children have come to know the Lord Jesus 
Christ as personal Savior through the ministry 
of the personnel at the hospital. When I first went 
there, there were no Christian nurses or lab tech- 
nicians. Now there are 57 Christians on our Viet- 
namese staff. 

— Government officials continue to express ad- 
ni'iration and appreciation for the work of WRC 
in then- country. On one occasion I met with the 
Minister of Ethnic Minorities and WRC was 
given the first-class medal for seirvices to the 

[That's the end of Dr. Graffam's tape-recorded 
remarks for now. I'U share some further things 
he said at a later date. And, knowing the kind of 
iman he is, 'I'm sure he'll be forwarding fresh 
■information to us with regularity in the weeks 

— St. Petersburg, Florida 

of Brethren World Relief 

"There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; 

and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, 

hut it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall 

be made fat and he that watereth shall he watered also himself." 

(Proverbs U:24, 25 - KJV) 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

What in the World is the 
World Relief Commission Doing-? 

"It is pretty hard to preach to a man when 
you knoiv his stomach is a hungry knot of 
pain and you see his children stagger on 
spindly legs." 

"Missionaries are supposed to preach the Gospel 
because man's soul lives forever." (Most evangel- 
icals agree on this.) 

"Missionaries should make this present Ufe more 
bearable for suffering humanity." (Some do not 
believe this is evangelical missionary work. ) 

Is there a crossing point -vVhere these two views 
not only can coincide but strengthen each other? 
Can missionaries and evangelical humanitarian 
organizations join hands to serve the Whole need 
of man in relief/ evangelism? 

Relief/evangelism can be lilie a tapestry woven 
of differing colors, as contrasted with cloth of 
only one color. It is not either/or but both dis- 
tinctives woven together to make a strong and 
beautiful tapestry expressing the love of Christ 
to a lost and suffering world. 

Many missionaries who feel their first calling 
is to "preach the word" are devastated by the hu- 
man suffering that engulfs them but for Which 
they do not have the wiherewithal to meet the 
need. It is pretty hard to preach to a man when 
you know his stomach is a hungry knot of pain 
and you see his ohUdren stagger on spindly legs. 

It is the calling of humanitarian agencies to 
provide food, water, clothing, and medicine that 
wUl give the missionary a tangible way of saying 
"God loves you" in terms that suffering people 
can understand. When the missionary can offer a 
"bowl" in one hand, he finds a receptive heart to 
the Bible in the other. "There are diversities of 
operations (workings), but it is the same God 
which worketh all in all." (I Corinthians 12:6). 
WBC and Missions 

The WRC (World ReUef Commission) has 
initiated and is buUding a worldwide disaster-sur- 
vival network comprised of qualified and know- 
ledgeable missionaries who are prepared to form 
an emergency coordinating committee in times of 
natural disaster. This crisis network can respond 
quickly to strengthen the hands of the missionary 
When an earthquake, tital wave, or other disaster 
drastically changes the cultural conditions. 

One example of how WRC immediately responds 
is the story of the devastating earthquake that 
rocked Managua early Saturday, December 23, 
1972. Bruce BeU, a missionary there, happened to 
be visiting his parents in the States that week 
when he heard of the quake. By midmoming that 
day WRC was advised, and by midaftemoon plans 
had been completed for Mr. Bell to fly to Managua 
with $7,000 from WRC funds for emergency add. 
Working with other missions of the community, 
this committee purchased food, blankets, and med- 
icine and had supplies brought to the disaster 
scene in a matter of hours. 

Meanwhile, WRC personnel worked through 
(Christmas Day, relaying information from Mr. 
BeU and preparing a fund drive that included 

direct mail and news releases to radio and TV 
Thousands of dollars came both from WRC and 
other humanitarian agencies. WRC provided 
25,0(30 American Bible Society Spanish New Test- 
aments and funded 25,000 booklets published by 
Central American Mission. 

This ministry of relief and evangelism resulted 
in not only meeting human tragedy but consider- 
able church growth. "Our love should not be just 
words and talk; it must be true love, which shows 
itself in action." (I John 3:18 TEV). 

This is typical. The missionary is the liaison be- 
tween national leaders and foreign relief agencies, 
for he knows the culture, the language, the need, 
and possible channels for meeting these needs. 
Usually neither the WRC personnel nor the mis- 
sionary actually distributes relief materials, but 
the missionary works as a coordinator with na- 
tional pastors who, in turn, recruit trusted Chris- 
tians who go to scattered areas or complete the 
network of compassion started at WRC head- 
quarters. Involving nationals in helping their own 
people in such a way as not to make the recipient 
permanently dependent on either the missionary 
or outside aid is the policy of WRC. 

One beautiful demonstration of this operation 
is seen in the film titled, "Africa: Dry Edge of 
Disaster." Missionaries and nationals are shown 
involving the indigenous church as "Companions 
in Compassion," giving nationals employment and 
opportunity in their own communities to meet 
human needs and witness for Christ. "For we 
are labourers together with God." (I Corinthians 

tional Christian Associate helps get some 
food to throngs of dehydrated and starving 
people coming in from the remote devastated 
village. Brethren dollars and prayers have 
helped put grain in that sack. 

April 5, 1975 

Page Fifteen 

WKC's National Counterpart Agencies 

When relief aid passes the survival stage, but 
the people still need assistance, long-range rehabil- 
itation plans are made and a national counterpart 
is organized to serve their own countrymen. Dur- 
ing this recovery phase, WRC stands by with funds 
and know-how, gradually phasing out until the 
nationals go it alone. 

Such programs have been turned over to nation- 
al agencies in Chile and Korea. WRC worked for 
16 years with the Korean Holiness Church (out- 
reach of the Oriental Missionary Society) in child 
care and "food-for-work" programs. Useless land 
was turned into productive farms and small 
businesses to sustain 80,000 formerly destitute 
people, and 22 million mulberry trees were planted 
to keep a modem sUk-making industry rolling. 

Jerry Sandoz, a Quaker WRC staff person who 
continued on with the OMS in Korea, was a key 
person in this project. The same is true of Fred 
Gregory, Whose work in Bangladesh resulted in 
just two years' time a wide-ranging program that 
allows approximately 10,000 families to meet their 
own food needs through a farm co-op, irrigation, 
and a planned land-use development. This display 
of practical Christianity has opened the door to a 
hearing of the Gospel by many non-Christians. 
(Phil and John Lersch met Jerry Sandoz in Seoul, 
Korea, 3 years ago and still correspond with him.) 

Refugees by the thousands are still being cared 
for daUy by WRC's counterpart agency ,in South 
Vietnam knowm as the Christian Youth Social Ser- 
vice. The 100-bed Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital 

near Danang has been WRC's sole responsibility 
for over 4 years and as this is written is stiU lin 
operation although renewed mUitary action 

WRC has helped settle thousands of normally 
nomadic Montagnards (hills tribes) in land de- 
velopment projects, and a vocational school has 
been so successful the government has granted 
full accreditation. 

WBC is involved to a greater or lesser degree 
in 17 coimtries. THAT MEANS YOU BRETHREN 
legally chartered, nonprofit, tax-exempt, non- 
endowed agency for united and efficient human- 
itarian action. Its current ministry includes child 
welfare programs in orphanages, day-care centers, 
hospitals, and nutrition clinics. 

WRC provides the necessities of life for refugees 
and victims of natural disaster and leprosy; edu- 
cational opportunities in both academics and vo- 
cations; food-for-work civic improvements such as 
land reclamation, building roads, community cen- 
ters, churches, and homes, and aid in public health, 
teaching sanitation, and giving inoculations. 

But WBC is also a gospel witness, it is more 
than humanitarian. A WRC slogan is: "Human- 
itarian concern with a plus I" By stretching the 
vertical dimensions of the plus sign, it becomes 
a cross. 

[Adapted from a report written by Mrs. 
Everett (Lillian) Graffam in August, 1974.] 


After visiting Africa with the World Relief Commission 
Team, a denominational executive sent this letter to his 

"Believe me, the famine in sub-Sahara countries of Arfica is every 
bit as bad as has been portrayed by the netvs media. Wo7-se, in fact! For 
three weeks this summer I had a chance to see tvith my oiun eyes the des- 
perate condition of millions of drought victims there. Mere words cannot 
convey what I saiv and felt of their suffering. 

"Yet, I satv help coming too — not only for immediate relief, but re- 
habilitation. And besides caring for the physical needs, it was inspiring to 
see how God is translating relief funds into an opportunity for ivitness. 

"As an eyewitness, I can tell you that Christian relief efforts have 
opened the door for an unprecedented response to the Gospel in the Muslim 
areas of sub-Sahara, Ethiopia and the Sudan. 

"As though the African crisis were not enough, the news caught up 
ivith us there about the flood in Bangladesh which was followed by out- 
breaks of cholera. Simultaneously, northern India was hit by serious floods. 
And accelerated fighting in South Vietnam around Danang is near the 
World Relief Commission's Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital, where the 
patient load has increased with malnourished children and those suffeiing 
from malaria. (I had a real bout tvith malaria ivhile in Africa, so I know 
what it's like!) It is reported that upwards of 80,000 Sotith Vietnamese 
civilians have been captured and another 52,000 have fled to Danang as 
refugees. WRC has a large refugee work in Vietnam." 

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The facts do the talldng! 

Even in 1974 — a year of economic squeeze and 
inflationary price jumps — our World Relief giving 
increased considerably ... by $2,721. 

Another new high was hit in 1974 . . . $16,223. 
This is as it should ibe . . . because it oosts the 
World Relief Commission much more to operate 
a relief program with the prices rising. But in- 
creased giving under these circumstances just 
doesn't happen autoimaticaHy. It takes the sacri- 
ficial giving of dedicated Christians Who real'ize 
several things: 
— the bidding of CShrist to express concern in 
tangible ways for the "less-fortunates" oi the 
— ^the depressing pUght of war and disaster 

— ^thie quality of both the material and spiritual 
dimensions of the World Relief Co^mmission 
— the great good done by each gift given, 
— ^and the "warm fuzzy" feeling w:hen doing an 
effective jab of giving isaorifically in the name 
of Jesus. 
You, Brethren, (it seems obvious to me) have 
realized these things — and responded in love for 
9 years. And the 'tally (beginning with a few small 
gifts in 1966) demonstrates the 

gnr-o-w-t-h of your INTEREST . . . 
i-n-c-r-e-a-s-e-d to CONCERN . . . 
r-e-s-u-l-t-i-n-g in GIVING . . . 
cf-o-'l-Lo-w-ed iby BIjESSING. 
The Visible Record of Expressed Love 

1966-67 $1,546 

1967-68 $4,630 

1968-69 $6,363 

1969-70 $4,651 

1970 (6 months) $2,665 

1971 $7,725 

1972 $9,499 

1973 $13,502 

1974 $16,223 


9 years' Total 

1975 ?? 

Again this year, SPECIAL RECOGNITION goes 
to several churches: 

TWO CHURCHES began giving to World Relief 
for the first time in 1974. A big welcoane to: 
Bradenton (Florida) 
Haddix (Kentucky) 
EIGHT CHURCHES contributed $500 or more 
last year, with Jefferson leading the way in total 
giving (Be sure to read their report about the 
Love Loaf Program elsewhere in this issue). Of 
course, the size of the church membership makes 
a difference in the total giving potential of all these 
offerings, but you will notice from the foUowing 
reports that this is not always true. We appreciate 
the efforts of those who have given well this past 
year — regardless of the church size. 

Jefferson (Indiana) $1,038.78 

North Liberty (Indiana) $ 850.34 

Pleasant HUl (Ohio) $ 708.38 

Sarasota (Florida) $ 575.00 

Johnstown ni (Pennsylvania) ..$ 554.00 

SmithviUe (Ohio) $ 544.69 

Gratis (Ohio) $ 530.00 

West Alexandria (Ohio) $ 500.00 

TEN CHURCHES gave between $300 and $49! 

last year: 

Canton (Ohio) $472.00 

Ashland, Park Street (Ohio) $382.33 

Bryan (Ohio) $359.00 

New Lebanon (Ohio) $352.59 

LouisviUe (Ohio ) $348.88 

Waynesboro (Pennsylvania) $307.65 

Teegarden (Indiana) $305.41 

Tiosa (Indiana) $305.00 

Washington (D.C.) $303.75 

Tucson (Arizona) $300.11 


$200 and $299: 

Brush Valley (Pennsylvania) $294.77 

Elkhart (Indiana) $277.00 

Hagerstown (Maryland) $277.00 

Gretna (Ohio) $271.30 

Roann (Indiana) $250.00 

Ardmore (Indiana) $240.00 

Waterloo (Iowa) $225.00 

South Bend (Indiana) $223.25 

Roanoke ( Indiana) $204.58 

Nappanee (Indiana) $200.00 


World ReUef Picture are these: 

— 87 churches gave something to World Relie 

in 1974. That's more participation than in anj 

single year in the past. 

— 34 churches didn't contribute through oui 

treasury last year. This concerns us, but it's 

a lower number than ever before. Of greatea 

concern are the 12 churches who have nevei 

given to World Relief. We ask for their in 

volvement in 1974. 

— ^16 Individual (iifts arrived, totaUkig i 

(about what it was in 1973). 

— ^Soup Supper profits at General Conferenc* 

were $276. The 9-year total for our Conferenc* 

Soup Suppers is $2,040. 


by districts and individual contributions. (Pleast 

realize that any offering actually received by Mr 

Kerlin after January 1, 1975, will be recorded 

a part of next year's report). 
Southeast District 












Kimsey Run 







Lost Oeek 





Meadow Branch 

Mt. O'Uive 


Oak Hill 


[April 5, 1975 

{ Rowdy 

} St. James 


; St. Luke 

; Washington 


( Pennsylvania District 

( Berlin 


1 Brush Valley 


J Calvary 

^ Cameron 


Falrless HUls-Levittown 


j Highland 


Joihnsto(VVTi III 


Johnstown HI 






Mt. Olivet 


Mt. Pleasant 



Quiet Dell 











White Dale 


Ohio District 



Ashland (Park Street) 










GaUber (AsManid) 














New Lebanon 


North Georgetown 


Pleasant Hill 


Smith ville 


West Alexandria 



Indiana District 









Center Chapel 

College Comer 



Coimty Line 









Fort Wayne 












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New Paris 


North Liberty 


North Manchester 










South Bend 









Winding Waters 


Central District 

Cedar FaUs 


Cerro Gordo 










Midwest District 




FaUs City 


Fort Scott 





California District 





Southwest District 

Papago Park 




Florida Churches 





St. Petersburg 


Miscellaneous (Sewing Books) 


Total Church Offerings $15,048.78 

Individual's Gifts 898.00 

Soup Supper Profit 276.00 

1974 Grand Total $16,222.78 

As these statistics indicate, it's been another 
good year for Brethren World Relief because 
there has been growth. 

Naturally, the work is not all done . . . not until 
every i>erson we can reach is fed, clotfhed, healed 
and touched by the (Jospel. But we are making 
significant progress. 

Several of you are doimg what you can — and 
that's good. Let's just keep caring as much about 
other people as we do albout ourselves. GOD WILL 

Phil Lersch, Ohairman, for the 
Brethren World Relief Board: 
•George Kerlin, Treas. 
Aida May Munson 
Joe Hanna 
L. E. Ldndower 

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Jefferson Brethren Church 

"Breaking Sunday" at 
Jef fey-son Brethren Church 

This past fall the Jefferson (Indiana) Brethren 
Church decided to use the Love Loaf Program 
(of World Vision International) to raise money 
for World Relief. World Vision is a humanitarian 
organization that helps meet the physical and 
spiritual needs of people all over the world. 

The Love Loaf Program is a cooperative family 
program between the local church and World 
Vision. Through this arrangement every Jefferson 
Brethren household, parents and children together, 
were able to identify and contribute to the physical 
and spiritual needs of people in disaster areas 
around the world in the name of Jesus Christ. 

September 22, 1974, was "Distribution Sunday" 
and December 8, 1974, was "Love Loaf Breaking 
Sunday." At each of these Sunday morning ser- 
vices the impressive program was buOt around 
this theme. 

On "Breaking Sunday" each famUy came to the 
front of the church and broke open it's own loaf, 
adding a contribution to 'the accumulated pile of 
money on the table. 

The total gathered on "Breaking Sunday" waS' 
$1,169.65. Forty-j>ercent was forwarded to World 
Vision (as they require) and sixty-percent was 
sent to the Brethren World Relief Board (and then 
on to the World Relief Commission). 

Many took another loaf to fiU and return when 
we have scheduled the second ingathering on 
March 2, 1975. 

I would highly recommend this program to any - 
church in our denomination for a means of helping : 
the hungry of the world. If our children are to be 
compassionate and unselfish, they must see these 
qualities demonstrated. This is an excellent way 
to teach unselfish giving, not from a book or by 
spoken word, but by our lives. The children as ■ 
well as adults were very enthusiastic throughout : 
the program and received a great blessing from 
having participated in it. 

The complete program, love loaves, booklets, 
posters and complete operation instructions are 
available at any of the World Vision International 

George KerUn, Treasurer 
Brethren World 

Relief Board 
Member — Jefferson 
Brethren Church 


Roann Brethren Church 

In January of tMs year the W.M.S. at our 
dhurch presented the film, "AFRICA : DRY EDGE 
OF DISASTER." (Available from the World Re- 
Uel Commission.) As a result our B.Y.C. had a 

Hungry? You bet we were! The youth of the 
Roann (Indiana) First Brethren Church knew how 
it felt to be really hungry. 

On January 25th, 22 of us participated in the 
"Starve-In" to raise money for World Kelief. We 
were not allowed to eat for 22 hours. 

To raise the money, we asked people in our 
community to sponsor us for each 'hour we went 
without food. 

We were permitted to drink water, kood-aid 
(after twelve hours), and orange juice for 

The "Starve-In" began at 7:30 p.m. Saturday 
night and continued until 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan- 
uary 26th. 

We all mistsed eating our Sunday dinner the 
most. All we could think of was our parents eating 
chicken and noodles or mashed potatoes and 
gravy. However, as 5:30 drew nearer, we knew we 
all would make it. 

Everyone looked forward to eating the ChUi and 
potato soup that the women of our church made 
for us. 

But what filled us up even more with good warm 
feeling was the knowledge that we had "finished 
the course" and would be able to send to World 
Belief almost $400.00 to help starving children 
around the world. 

The "Starve-In" and the Soup Supper will net 
over $5(X).00 totally for the work of the World 
Relief Board. 

Du Ann Swihart 
Boann B.Y.C. 

^^pril 5, 1975 

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Ashland Park Street Brethren Church 

The Love Loaf Project at Park Street Ohurch 
came forth from our Task Force, and was com- 
bined with Church Growth goals. (Incidently, the 
Task Force meets every Sunday moimirug about 
8:00 without fail. It's a place to express ideas — 
something that's needed for a developing Church ) . 

The plastic loaves were obtained from World 
Vision at no cost to us. Upon receipt we agreed 
to send them 40% of the money contributed and 
we would keep 60% for the Brethren World Relief 
Board. Thus, the total amount went to World 
Relief of some sort. 

We distributed the loaves to families for sev- 
eral Sundays and set a date for aU of them to be 
returned. Most were out for a period of about 6 
weeks. Families were urged to put the loaves on 
the tables or in other prominent places, to remind 
them of ithe needs of the world. Some families 
used them by cutting down the amount of food 
served and put the money saved in the loaves. 
Tliey were great object lessons for the children 

We advertized heavily for the Sunday when the 
loaves were to be broken by using the initiails 
BTB, "Break The Bread" Sunday. Out of those 
initials, since it was coupled with church growth, 
came other ideas: Build Thy Body, Boilish The 
Barriers, Bless The Believers, etc. People were 
urged to fill the loaves and then bring guests to 
see them broken. 

On February and, we gathered to "Break The 
Bread." We wanted to see the church filled so we 
could see What it would look like as a goal. Vir- 
tually every seat was filled. More could have 
crowded in, but there were 360 people present. A 
number of men broke the loaves as the people 
passed by tables set up in ithe front. Eadh family 
was to come forward or send a representative — 
and it looked Mke nearly eveirybody came by with 
the loaves. Children were esptecially anxious to 
oome up; some had scratched their initials in the 
loaves. It was a noisy but orderly time and they 

Photo by Bruce Ronk 

"BTB Sunday" at Ashland 
Park Street Brethren Church 

were ibroken in a very few minutes — about 150 

A world globe had been hung from the ceiling 
to remind us of the world's needs. Beneath it was 
the cross on the table, and just below that a whole 
loaf of bread on a raised stand. A cloth ran from 
the floor up over the stand where the loaf was 
placed. As trays of money were filled they were 
taken up front and emptied on the white cloth 
foirming a mound of money. So the visual from 
the audience was from the loaves to the money 
pUe on the floor, to the loaf of bread, to the cross, 
and then to the world spinning about it. 

Some money is still out in the loaves, but to 
date the amount is $1,200 in round figures. Some 
more persons want loaves to fill now so there will 
be more. 

Charles Munson 
Park Street 
Brethren Ohurch 


of Brethren World Relief 

'7i is possible to give away and become richer! 

It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. 

Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! 

By watering others, he ivaters himself." 

(Proverbs 11:24, 25 - Living Bible) 

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This booklet, first introduoed last August at 
General Cosnierenoe, is providing valuable inifor- 
mation for many women's sewing groups. It de- 
tails w'hat articles are needed, how to make them 
and where they shoiuld be sent. It also states what 
items are not needed now. Several women have 
written saying, "This is just exactly what we 
needed. Thank you." 

If you or your sewing group needs additional 
copies, write to: Pastor PhU Lersch, 6301 56th 
Avenue, N., St. Petersburg, FL 33709. 


Monday Night Program: The World ReHef 
Board has again been asked to have a World Relief 
presentation in the Ghapel on Monday night, just 
prior to the opening of Conference the next morn- 
ing. Something unique awaits you; try to attend. 

Sewing Room: For the second straight year 
there will be a Sewing Room in the basement of 
the new college Library. It's open every afternoon 
for women to come in and work on articles of 
clothing for World Relief, or Brethren Care and 
Brethren Home, or Brethren Missions in India, 
or a local hospital. Several last August found it 
a worth whUe use of time — and an enjoyable place 
to visit While working. 

Sewing Display: An important part of the Sew- 
ing Floom will be the displaying of articles already 
sewn by church groups during the past year. It 
helps us realize what has been done (just samples) 
and also serves as good object lessons for those 
who view the finished products. If your church 
group will have articles for display, please contact 
Mrs. Charles Miuison, 616 Park Street, Ashland, 
Ohio 44805. We want your response. 

Soup Supper: The Tenth Annual SOUP SUP- 
PER FOR WORLD RELIEF wlU be a ibig occasion 
on Friday noon this year. Over $2,000 has been 
raised over the i>ast 9 years -through this event. 
Don't miss it if you're at General Conference this 


The final -two segments of John Hoknstrom's ! 
diary of his trip to Africa to make the Wortd ReUef i 
Commission fiUm wiU continue in the next two 1 
issues of the Brethren Evangelist. The resulting 
The series was interrupted to bring you these two 
special issues of the Evangelist about World 


April is World Relief Month every year! Now 
is the time to evaluate seriously once again What 
we who are the "haves" have to share with the 
"have nots" Who have so very little. Often they 
don't even have an opportunity to have more. We ■ 
don't have that problem. What we have is the i 
opportunity to help them have more — ^spiritually ' 
and j>hysically. That's What we have a World Re- 
lief Program for — so we have an lopportunity to 
help the have-nots have a little more. AU in the 
name of Jesus Christ. 


of Brethren World Relief 

"One man gives freely, yet grows all the richer; 

Another withholds loJiJOt he should give, and only suffers tvant. 

A liberal man tuill be enriched, 

and one %vho waters tvill himself be tvatered." 

(Proverbs 11:24, 35 ■ BSV) 

April 5, 1975 

Page Twenty-one 

"Hi! Fm kinda shy . . . hut I'd just like to say congrat- 
ulations (and t'hank you) to you Brethren during your 
Tenth Anniversary Year of giving to World Relief. 

Please don't stop now!" (A translation, of course) 

Special Notice to: 


Please send all contributions for World ReUef to: 

Mr. George Kerlin, Treasurer 
1318 East Douglas 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 

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Introducing the 1975 

Summer Crusaders 

Part II: Interns 

Again, as in 1974, the Board of Christian Educa- 
tion will sponsor and direct the Internship pro- 
gram. Interns, though not technically Crusaders 
(their scholarships are raised apart from the 
Summer Crusader Fund), will serve under the 
administration and comply with the high standards 
of the Summer Crusader Program. 

This summer we have three areas of service in 
our Internship Program — Pastoral, Missionary and 
Nursing Care. In each of these areas, the young 
people will greatly benefit from the on-the-joto 
insights and training. 


Nursing Care Interns 

Two young women, Nona Hesketh and Nola Nye, will be spending their summer 
at the Brethren's Home of Indiana, Inc. in Flofra, Indiana. They will be working in 
a variety of ways in both Nursing and the Activities/Social Services Program. Pray 
that the summer brings varied and valuable experiences for the Brethren's Home 
and these Interns. 

Nola Nye 

Nona Jean Hesketh 


Nola Nye, a freslhman Nursing major at Goshen 
College, Goshen, EN, is a memiber of the MUledge- 
vUle, niinois Brethren Church. Nola will be a 
first year Crusader. 

Nona Jean Hesketh is a first year Crusader com- 
ing from the Vandergrift, Pennsylvania Brethren 
Church. Jeannie is presentiy working as a medical 
assistant and hopes to begin Westmoreland County 
Community College in the fall with a Practical 
Nursing major. 

April 5, 1975 

Page Twenty-three 


Pastoral Interns 

We have two gentlemen as Pastoral Interns this year. They will both ibe serv- 
ing a Brethren Church under the guidance of the local pastor. Bruce Ronk will ibe 
serving the Canton, Ohio Brethren Church and Lynn Mercer will travel out to the 
Tucson, Arizona Brethren Church. Please pray for positive experiences for these 
churdies and Interns. 

Bruce Ronk coming from the Park Street Brethren 
Church in Ashland, Ohio is a third year Crusader. 
Bruce graduates from Ashland College in May 
with a Pre-Seminary-ReUgion major. 

Bruce Ronk 
Ashland (Park Street) 

Lynn Mercer from the North Georgetown, Ohio 
Brethren Church is a new-comer to the Crusader 
program. Lynn wiLL be a sophomore at Ashland 
College in Pre^Seminary study. 

Lynn Mercer 
North Georgetown 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


Missionary Interns 

This year for the first time the Lord has opened the doors for two Missionary 
Interns to travel outside these United States. Two young women with previous 
Crusader experience were chosen to worii in connection with our missionaries on 
our mission field in Colombia, South America. Jan and Bev wiU be working in a 
variety of areas. Please pray for them as they prepare for a summer in a different 

Jan Glenn from our iMiiledgewille, IlHnoiis Brethren 
Church is presently a junior Nursing major at 
Goshen College. Jan was a member of "The 
Twelve" in the summer of 1973. 

Jan Glenn 

Beverly Blougti, a third year Crusader, is a mem- 
ber of the Smithville, Ohio Dretlhiren Churdh. Bev 
will graduate from Ashland College in May wi'th 
a degree in Elementary Education. 

Beverly Blough 

April 5, 1975 

Page Twenty-five 


A new Gospel Light publication entitled FILL 
iYOUR DAYS WITH LIFE is a good book of Infor- 
mation, inspiration and aspiration. It would be 
suitable for a study or as supplemental material 
:for an adult course aimed especially at senior 

Mildred Vandenburgh, author, is an "older 
adult" with neither the gifts of wealth or of per- 
fect health, but she fiUs her days with a myriad 
of activities that are weU within the reach of 
most seniors. She shares with keen wit and wisdom 
how she is discovering that life is for living. 

She begins her book with the first struggling 
days of retirement and shows how she discovered 
meaningful activity and a whole new world with 
the Jolly Sixties at Van Nuys Baptist Church. 
From the original group of 12 people in 1959, the 
senior program at the church has grown to 500 
for monthly socials. 

The seniors have a whole constellation of ac- 
tivities including Bible study, visitation, 3000 work 
hours per year in labor for the church, parties, 
outings, special classes, music groups and con- 
sultation services. 

Some of the interesting 17 chapters include such 
provocative titles as: 

Aging Deflates the Ego 

The Jolly Road to Romance 

Who Wants to Grow Old? And How 

to Avoid It 
Three Stages of Retirement 
Senior Power 

Twenty million more Americans between 55 
and 64 years of age are retiring at the rate of 
4000 per day so there is a large field to draw upon 
for any senior program. 

The author discusses many current needs of 
dlder Americans including an excellent section on 
wills and the need for having aU legal matters 
set in order before death. 

Mrs. Vandenburgh shares some amusing but 
meaningful ideas in the three stages of retirement: 
' ' Why rbo t her-s tage " 

An excellent section at the end of the book lists 
16 groups where some opportunities for volunteer 
Christian service are available. In addition, the 
author includes an extensive bibliography of other 
reading materials in this subject area. 

This paperback book is available at The Breth- 
ren Publishing iCompany, 524 CoUege Avenue, 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 for $1.95. 


The residents of Martin House at Ashland, Ohio 
held an evening of fellowship on Jan. 21 when 
Mrs. Byron Schumaker presented an inspirational 
program of chalk-talk pictures, music and narra- 
tion. The theme of her .presentation was "The 
Road of Life." 

The group participated in a poor man's supper 
consisting of soup 'beans and combread, plus 
salads and desserts. 

Mrs. Royce Gates, Mrs. Hilda Benepe, Mrs. Clara 

Kreider and Mrs. Mildred Saner arranged for the 

The residents of Martin House have had a varied 
program of activities, including vespers, travel 
slides, musical programs, teas and Mngo. Another 
potluck supper is planned for sometime in 


On Thursday, March 13, 1975, Woman's Mission- 
ary Society Group 3 entertained aJbout 30 men 
and women, retirees and over 62's, at a dinner 
in the Fellowship HaU of the Park Street Brethren 
Church. They were greeted by the president of 
the society, Mrs. Charles Beekley. 

Following the meal, Mrs. AUan Pyrch introduced 
Dr. Leslie Lindower, who briefly discussed plans 
for the Golden Age Fellowship program in the 
Brethren Church. 

The speaker for the evening was Mrs. Forest 
Atchison of the Senior Citizens' Center of Ashland, 
who gave a delightful, inspiring talk about the 
work here and showed some lovely items made 
by the members of the center. She invited aU to 
come to the center and visit or join in activities 

Rev. Eugene Beekley closed the meeting with 
the benediction. 

Those on the committee who planned the eve- 
ning's dinner and program were Mrs. Charles 
Beekley, Mrs. Eugene Beekley, Mrs. Robert Clough, 
Mrs. James Geaslen, Mrs. AUan Pyrch, Mrs. Dale 
Staffer, and Mrs. Eugene Zimmerman, chairman. 
Submitted by Marceal Zimmerman 

You7- editor of THE BRETHREN EVAN- 
GELIST ivas invited to this dinner and he 
must add these feiv words pertaining to the 
impressio7i left on him by expressing his 
gratitude to a team of dedicated ladies of 
the W.M.S. groivp ivho not only prepared and 
served a boimteotis dinner but provided an 
evening of entertainment that tvas most in- 
spiring and provfipting. 

Inspiring from listening to a speaker who 
not only presented his vieivs of hotv various 
talents can be used in any person's senior 
years instead of being put up on a shelf. 
Inspiring also by seeing senior citizens pres- 
ent who exemplify the very point of the 
speaker's message in their otvn personal lives. 

Prompting from the standpoint of the illus- 
trations of involvement and display of crafts 
from the Senior Citizen's Center and also 
from the proof that was evident that the 
ivord retired may ivell be a misnomer and 
might better be referred to rather as 

We must also mention the wonderful feel- 
ing of camaraderie present among the gals 
who have not yet reached those golden age 
years as they labored together in presenting 
the evening's festivities. (G.S.) 

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by Mrs. Pat Ritchey 

To Worship Him 

MAY 1975 

Part 2 

True Confessions! 

What an exciting title! Let's be honest, it is 
interesting, perhaps even exciting, to get -involved 
in someone else's life, to know what they thinly, 
how they feel, how they respond. Revealing some- 
one's inner life can be very intriguing, except — 
except when that someone is YOU! 

Now we have a different picture. There are 
many things in our lives that we really don't mind 
if people know about, but we all have a few very 
deep and personal thoughts and feelings that we 
keep strictly to ourselves. To reveal these things 
in our Uves to others around us would be extreme- 
ly painful and almost impossible for us to do. 

What does all this have to do with being a Chris- 
tian girl at a Sisterhood meeting? Perhaps the 
ansiwer to this question will reveal itself to you 
today as we study together about how we can 
better worship God. 

Please find Proverbs 28:13 in your Bibles and 
read aloud, together, the words from this verse 
as a call to worship for your meeting. 

In II Timothy 2:20-22 our Christian lives are 
comimred to vessels or containers that are kept 
ready at all times for serving the master. These 
vessels are made of precious metals such as gold 
or silver and are kept separated from the common 
ordinary vessels used in everyday Ufe. 

Perhaps you find as I do that sometimes the 
vessel has been soiled or spotted by sin. By being 
stained with the sin the Master will no longer use 
us, we are not able to give honor to His service 
as long as these stains and spots remain. 

What do we do to rid ourselves of the ugly blem- 
ishes of sin, that separate us from useful service 
to our Master, Jesus Christ? 

(Leader's note: The following is a situation in 
which to use role-play. Please select one girl to 
play the rode of the Daughter. Select another girl 
to play the role of the Father. Allow others in 
the group to repeat the role-play, taking different 
roles and switching places untij several have ex- 
perienced the daughter and father roles.) 

This is a situation in which Daughter has just 
arrived home after being the cause of a fender- 
bender accident with the family car. She is very 
sorry for causing the accident and for causing 
damage to the family car. She goes to her father, 
telis him how very sorry she is and assures him 
that she is going to try very hard to avoid any 
similar situation in the future. 

Father loves his daughter, and sees how sorry 

she is. He forgives her for all the trouble she has 
caused. Daughter thanks her father and smiles 
her appreciation with real joy. 

After several of you have evperienced the role- 
play, sit down and discuss the following questions: 

How does it feel to be at fault in the accident? 

What is it like to be sorry for the accident? 

How does it feel to have to go to the father 
and teU about the accident? 

How does it feel to be forgiven for the accident? 

Would it have done any good to dismiss the 
accident from your mind and not tell anyone about 
the accident? Why? 

(Leader's note: Select someone to read the 
following scripture to the group from the Living 
Bible if it is available.) 

Please read Psalm 32:1-6 to your group from 
the Living Bible. 

It seems that the Psalmist has experienced 
something similar to the feelings and experiences 
that you have just discussed. When he took his 
burden to the Lord, he came away rejoicing in 
the forgiveness that he found there. "The same 
thing is true of us in our relationship with our 
Heavenly Father. 

Here is God's remedy to the spots and stains of 
sin that we find in our vessels as we are trying 
to serve Him. I John 1:9 says it very simply: "If 
we confess our sins he is faithful and just to for- 
give us our sins, and to cleanse us from all 
unrighteousness. ' ' 

Instead of the Master coming to use his vessel 
and finding it stained and dull, we can be ready 
at all times for the Master to use by recognizing 
our fault and telling God that we do recognize it, 
that we are sorry for it and seek His assistance 
in correcting our Ufe. The sooner this process 
takes place the sooner you are back in action for 
the Lord. 

This is the time to begin using the key to oon- 
sistant spiritual usefulness that we have just 
talked about. 

Everyone should bow their head at this time 
whUe the leader slowly reads these closing state- 
ments out loud: 

Each person please pray silently. 

Just tell Jesus what it is that seems to keep 
you from having a close relationship with Him 
at 'this time. 

Agree with Him that it is sin and be sorry for 
that sin. 

Thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Now give back the control of your life to Christ. 

Open your life to the leading of the Holy Spirit 
once more and believe that He is there, controUing 
your Ufe. 

Leader please close with a short prayer and the 
Sisterhood Benediction. 

\piil 5, 1975 

Page Twenty-seven 


by Mrs. Pauline Benshoff 


Opening Thought: "A CHRISTIAN IS 

a mind throug*h which Christ thinks, 
a heart through which Chmst loves, 
a voice through which Christ speaks, 
a hand through which Christ helps. 
Is Christ in control of your life today?" 

Prayer Time: "More things are wroug*ht by 
prayer than this world dreams of". Since prayer 
is our way to communicate with God, let's get His 
attention and blessing upon our meeting right 
now. Make this time a real sincere, soul-searching, 
sharing time with Him. Everyone taking part 
because you want to. 

Singspiration: Sing some of your favorite 
hymns and choruses. Keep it lively. Sing with joy 
in your hearts. Think about the words. 

Leader: Our topic tonight Is "Rooted and 
Grounded". To insure a good crop, the ground into 
which we are planting must first be carefully pre- 
pared for the seed or plant bed. You don't just 
poke a hole in the -ground with a broom handle 
and drop in the seeds or plants, you dig deep into 
the earth, turn over the soil, break up the clods, 
rake it, fertilize it and water the plants or seeds 
so that plant roots have soft ground through which 
to penetrate; also the seeds need moist soft earth 
to swell properly and send forth their shoots. 
Now, how does this apply to the Christian? Well, 
to insure a life that will strive to be Christ-like, 
much preparation, time and i>ersonal mvolvement 
plus discipline is necessary. For example, you don't 
one day say "I'm a Christian" and zap you are 
one. So let's hear our first topic and see the rela- 
tion seeds and plants have to our lives. 

Preparing Ourselves: Sometime we attend Sun- 
day School and Church a long time before we 
accept Christ as our Savior. The reasons are 
varied, but prdba'bly the first reason you didn't 
accept Him sooner was that you were listening 
but you didn't hear. Understand? The plant (You) 
needed time to grow and so does a plant. It isn't 
fUU-grown the minute it is planted and neither are 
you. The seeds need time to develop and so does 
the Word (seed) need time to be meaningful to 
you, then you take the next step. You hear God 
speaking to you to give Him your heart and you 
respond. You grasp onto that Word just like the 
little plants do to the soil and earth about them, 
and you shelter that Word in your heart until 
more light comes and reveals more of Christ to 
you. Here again the little shoots and plants stretch 
upward where the warmth of God's sunshine can 
keep them living and where the refreshing rains 
supply the needed moisture. A way from the sun- 

shine of His love we also perish, so would plants. 
It is a planting, watering, weeding, warming, 
absorbing giving process. 

Rooted and Grounded in Him: The New Test- 
ament Paraphrase says in Ephesians 3:17, "And 
I pray that Christ wiU be more and more at home 
in your hearts, living within you as you trust in 
Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil 
of God's marvelous love." And this is what it is 
aU about, just being willing to grow by reading 
and following His Word. God has planted us iin 
this world to produce fruit for Him. In sharing 
the fruit of our labors with others and leading 
them to accept Christ, we will grow and mature 
spiritually. We will be learning and absorbing the 
Word and growing in the grace of our Lord and 
Saviour, Jesus Christ, allowing Christ to be pres- 
ent in our lives and plans. In Colossians 2:7, "Let 
your roots grow down into Him and draw up 
nourishment from Him. See that you go on grow- 
ing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous 
in the truth. Let your lixes overflow with joy and 
thanksgiving for all He has done." 

Detached: Rooting is for sustenance and foun- 
dation; grounded is for support. Detached you 
can't do much but die. So here again we can apply 
this to our lives. When we don't bother about 
Church, Sunday School, Sisterhood, Youth Meet- 
ing, we get out of fellowship and soon we wither 
away. We need constant spiritual nurture and 
nourishment. Jesus said, "Abide in me, and I in 
you; As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, 
except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except 
ye abide in me". 

Leader: It reaUy does make a difference then 
how we grow. We do need the warmth of God's 
love and fellowship and we need the love and 
fellowship of God's people to teach us and en- 
courage us in our Christian lives. Let's make sure 
we are "rooted and grounded" in the soil of God's 
marvelous love," and attached to the Vine, Jesus 



Refreshments: (While you are waiting for 
refreshments to be served, wfhy not see how many 
Bible verses you can all quote from memory. 
Verses about love, God, Jesus, sin etc. At least 
you'll find out if you need to do a littie memory 
work. Have fun.) 

For An Activity: Make May Baskets and give 
them to sick folks in your church. 'Include any- 
thing of interest to them to cheer them up a bit; 
Or go and sing to them as a group. 

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"Come Alive in 75" is the theme chosen by Rev. 
Stogsdill as a cliailenge to members ot The 
Warsaw First Brethren Church. "Every day can 
ibe an exciting adventure for the Cliristiaii" is a 
statement talcen from a little booklet put out by 
Campus Crusade. This we wisih to implement into 
the lives of our people. Programs will be arranged 
and held throughout the year to make this theme 

Our first "Come Alive" program happened in 
the form of a revival held January 20-26 with Rev. 
St. Clair Benshoff as evangelist. The spiritual tone 
was set in advance by members joining in earnest 
prayer, visitation and other preparations. The Holy 
Spirit began His work and revival on Sunday 
maming when three redieations were made at 
the close of the pastor's message. As Rev. Ben- 
s.ho(ff brought forth the true Word of God others 
came for rededication throughout the week. The 
day of revival is not over! We are still reaping 
souls 'because of the wonderful week of "God mov- 
ing among people." Rev. Benshoff's musical abil- 
ities were also appreciated by the congregation. 
His wife, Pauline, was able to attend the revival 
one evening and joined Rev. Benshoff in one of 
their well-known piano-organ duets. 

Our second major "Come Alive" event was the 
"Laymen ALIVE" seminar conducted by Rev. 
Arden Gilmer. Many of you have been reading 
about this witnessing program, centering around 
the presentation of the "Four Spiritual Laws." All 
of the Indiana Churches were invited to join us — 
a total of 51 people participated. It was great to 
see members taking advantage of this type of pro- 
gram — ^some who have been very timid and quiet 
in their church work. Foil owing two evenings and 

a morning of instruction the group went out into 
the area to share the "Four Spiritual Laws"; 
only God will know the results of the contacts 
made. We feel this 'is only the beginning of wit- 
nessing programs to take place in our midst. 

We expect a full church on Easter morning as 
already folding chairs are being used in the side- 
room. New faces appear from Sunday to Sunday 
cocming as a result of friends or relatives inviting. 
The senior Brethren Youth wUl present the Sun- 
rise Service. The cantata, "An Easter Song," was 
presented on March 16 by the Warsaw Trinity 
United Methodist Church. One could truly relive 
the Easter Story again through this beautiful pres- 
entation. AUelujah, the Lord lives! 

Jane Stogsdill, 
Corresponding Secretary 


Two senior members of the Vinco Brethren 
Church, Mrs. DoUie Paul of Conemaugh R.D. and 
George C. Leidy of Mineral Point R.D., were hon- 
ored by the Church, at the Fellowship House, fol- 
lowing a Sunday evening service, for having a 
combined total of 172 years. 

Mrs. Paul, the last surviving member of a faxm- 
ily of 10 children is still active and lives alone. She 
is a retired substitute mail carrier on Conemaugh 
R.D., a position she held for 30 years. She is the 
mother of three Uving children, 15 grandchildren 
and 5 great grandchildren. 

Mr. Leidy, the last surviving member of a fam- 
ily of 5 brothers and 1 step brother is active in 
the Vinoo Church where he still serves as deacon 
and substitute Sunday school teacher. He was 
graduated from Ashland College in 1917. After 35 
years he retired as a teacher in the Vinco area 
schools. He also operated a farm. He is the father 
of 6 living children, 6 grandchildren and 1 great 

April 21-30 

Vinco Brethren Church 

Pastor: Rev. C. William Cole 

Evangelist: Rev. Myron W. Dodds, Bryan, Ohio 


April 6 — dedication of Christian Flag and Flag 
Pole located on church property, (the only Chris- 
tian flag flown outside in our country so we are 
told) Praise The Lord! 

Charles Berkshire 
Masontown Brethren Church 

IprU 5, 1975 

Page Twenty-nine 

^^cc%c^ (dxacut^ ^^%a^icCe 

(A word about "Chtirch Groivth Chron- 
icle." This section will be devoted to articles, 
xcerpts from pastoral mailers, reports from 
seminars, local congregational task forces, 
'n short, any information of tisable culture 
which relates to Chtirch Groivth particularly 
in the Brethren Church. It ivill be edited and 
"compiled by the present coordinator of 
Church Growth, Smith Rose, and such ma- 
terial should be directed to his office for 

We are appreciative that the first brief 
article ivhich should have been entitled 
'Goals and Numbers — Unspiritiud?" has al- 
ready received a very illuminating and bal- 
ancing P.S. written by Dr. Jerry Flora of 
Ashland Theological Seminary as folloivs: 

Writing about our current interest in church 
growth, the author summarized the article in 
I these words: "let's not gat hung up on the idea 
that numbers are unspiritual. This is a Satanic 
I'cap-out.' " I agree. But the opposite is also true: 
jlarge numbers are not necessarily spiritual. That, 
too, can be a fooler. Statistics are neutral, neither 
godly nor devUish. It's what happans with the 
.persons those numbers represent that makes the 

I There were more than a few times in Scripture 
when enthusiastic public response jus,t fizzled out. 
For example, the nation that Moses led out of 
Egypt died in the desert — a whole generation of 
them. They were undisciplined. The crowd that 
cheered Elijah's fire from heaven soon melted 
away. They were fickle, and the prophet knew it. 
The reform movements of some Judean kings did 
not last because their successors and their sub- 
jects were not totally committed to the Lord. 
Jesus at the peak of Has career had a legion of 
GaUleans at His side. But what did His statistical 
report look like on Good Friday? Later, as the 
early ichurch grew in numbers, trouble developed 
there too. Selfish Ananias and Sapphira brought 
judgment on themselves. The Hebrews aind the 
Hellenists complained against one another in a 
situation similar to our modern racial tensions. 
Paul evangelized the w'hole province of Asia, but 
within ten years all the believers there deserted 
'him. So we might ask, has God ever won a major- 
ity and kept it? 

Church growth means not only saving the lost 
but also helping them to become disciples and 
responsible church members. Dr. Win Am, whose 
seminars have sparked many of us to new atti- 
tudes and actions, emphasizes just this point. In 
other words, evangelism without Christian nurture 
■falls short of true church growth. It is not a mat- 
ter of quantity or quality, obstetrics or pediatrics 
— it's 'bO'th. Numbers and nurture, like love and 
marriage, should go together. We can't afford to 

concentrate on one without the other. And Jesus 
called for both when He said, "Go and make dis- 
ciples of aU nations, baptizing them and teaching 
them to obey." 

Please forgive me if I've made a mountain out 
of a molehill. I just hope for a balanced approach 
in our church growth efforts that wUl stress both 
rebirth and fuU maturity in Christ. This double- 
sidedness is part of what our believers' church 
heritage is all about. 

From Mt. Olive, VA, mailer 
(Marlin McCann, Pastor) 

PRAISE THE LORD!!! 30 members of the Mt. 
Olive Brethren Church attended the Church 
Growth Institute in Hagerstown, February Tth & 
SPIRED AND ENTHUSED as we hear how our 
church can grow! In the bus on the way home, 
many conversations were held with various people 
as to how we could become involved in making our 
church grow. 

Already some small groups have been formed. 
On Sunday morning, February 9th, 35 members 
with the Pastor responded to the invitation to 
come forward for the purpose of rededicating lives 
to the task of CHURCH GROWTH and 


Some 1 year and 5 year goals have been made. 
We have 278 members, but only about 100 in 
attendance for our Sunday Worship Service. It 
was determined that we need to reclaim for the 
Lord in 1975 some 75 present members not in- 
volved, and reach out to share Christ with 25 more 
non-members with the purpose of bringing them 
into the Body of Christ. By the end of 1975 we 
want to average 200 in our Morning Worship 
Service! Our 1980 goal is to average 300! This will 
mean increases in our Church and Church School 
Membership, as well as expanded programs in 
many areas. These goals will be discussed and 
further refined. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE 
POSSreiLITIES CHRIST has given us. This 
is a church come alive for Jesus Christ. Memibers 
are discovering they have gifts and are using them. 
Be in prayer that the Lord wUl guide and direct 
each of us in this venture of faith! 

Other areas of concern expressed by those 
attending the workshop are the needs: 

— ^for a new Church School class for those in the 
age bracket of 18-25; 

— for assistant teachers for our church school 
staff, using new converts; 

— ^for a Teacher Training Program. 

{continued on next page) 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

Plans are already being made to meet these needs. 
A new children's youth group is being formed to 
meet Sunday nights at 6:00 p.m. This is for chil- 
dren age 3 through the 3rd grade. IVLrs. Phyllis 
Hensley wUl be in dharge. PRAISE THE LORD! 
The Great Commission implies GO & GROW— 
MAKE DISCIPLES! We have begun! We want 
you to be a part of this exciting renewal. When 
the time is right, there will be a class for new 
members, but open to anyone. Come and discover 
your Church AUve. 

Report on Southeast District Church Growth 
Seminar bj- Coordinator James Naff 

Not a very exciting beginning, but we looked 
for exciting results. It began as a suggestion made 
in a District Board of Evangelists meeting at 
Massanetta Springs, Va., last fall. Consensus was, 
"Let's see if it can be done". It had previously 
come to the district conference floor. Discussion 
concerned using the 1975 funds for the Board of 
Evangelists for Ashland College Campus Ministry, 
and a member of that Board mentioned the need 
for monies to support a District Growth Seminar. 
The Campus Ministry support was approved. How- 
ever, after conference session that afternoon, the 
suggestion came from the District Mission Board 
and the District Board of Christian Education 
that the three boards work together for the 

A coordinator was chosen who hnmediately con- 
tacted Virgil Ingraham, General Secretary of the 
Missionary Board, who referred it to Smith Rose 
who has been coordinating Church Growth for 
the denomination. A short time later, dates were 
confirmed for February 7 and 8 with Dr. Win 
Am as Seminar leader. 

The three boards met together in the fall and 
detailed the plans necessary to carry through for 
the Seminar, which was to be held at the Hagers- 
town First Brethren Church with the St. James 
Brethren assisting. Information was sent to all 
churches in the district a number of times, with 
brochures and application blanks sent to persons 
on maiUng Usts provided by the district churches. 
Every opportunity was taken to promote by word 
of mouth and by mail. Meanwhile much prayer 
WcLS being offered. 

If only the weather would cooperate, it could be 
a glorious day. But, then the pre-registrations only 
dribbled in. Fear began to gnaw at our hearts that 
perhaps we had not reached the hearts of the 
people. When the final date came for the closing 
of registrations, the number was stUl disheartenly 
small. But then Brethren wiU be Brethren. Reg- 
istrations began to flow in after the cut-off date. 
No one, of course, had the heart to refuse them. 

Then the snow fell. . . . But snow also melts. . . . 
So the day dawned, cloudless and cold. . . . Roads 
were clear. When Dr. Am, Smith Rose and Coor- 

dinator Naif arrived at the Hagerstown Church 
from the Hagerstown Municipal Airport, they 
found a beehive of activity. Starting promptly at 
7:30 P.M. with as little fanfare as possible, we got 
into the business at hand. Dr. Win Am's leader- 
ship was inspired. Audience participation was ex- 
cellent. We went to our rest, tired but enthused. 

Saturday was a day never to be forgotten. There 
were problems — ever try to use a Kodak Carousel 
reel on a Sawyer projector? Don't try! But, sudi 
problems were minor in comparisoin to the glorious 
victory of the day. 

When the grand accounting came at the end of 
the day, 168 participants from 8 churches had 
taken a good look at themselves. Participating 
were Bethlehem, Chandon, Hagerstown, Linwood, 
Maurertown, Mt. OUve, St. James, and Washington 
with delegations from 4 to 39. Four observers from 
the Pennsylvania District brought the total to 172. 
The look brought sorrow, for these 8 congregations 
had seen a 17 '^r loss in membership from 1964 to 
1974. Sorrow changed to rejoicing as we realized 
we could change and grow. Goals and plans were 
projected to bring growth. We are trusting the 
Lord that those same 8 churches will see a 387c 
INCREASE by the end of 1975 and a 156% increase 
by the end of 1979. 

We have reports of activity immediately follow- 
ing the Seminar. Task forces have been formed and 
are operating. We are certain of this for Hagers- 
town, Washington, and St. James and hope and 
pray that this may also be true in the other five 
churches. We expect to follow through with ques- 
tionnaires in May and again in August to each of 
the 8 churches for evaluation Oif progress since 
the Seminar. We are considering the possibility 
of a foUow-up Seminar in the winter of 1976. 

Where the Lord leads, We wiU follow. 
On your mark, 
get set, 



GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (EP) — Success in 
chui'ch work is impossible "untU and unless it 
honestly meets the deepest hurts" of those it 
seeks to serve. Dr. Robert H. Schuller of Garden 
Grove Community church said here. 

The noted preacher and author told church 
leaders at the opening session of the First Ameri- 
can Convocation on Church Growth that the key 
to successful church work could be summed up 
in one sentence: 

"Find a hurt and heal it." 

The convocation on the 22-acre Garden Grove 
Community Church campus celebrates the fifth 
anniversary of the Robert H. Schuller Institute 
for Successful Church Leadership. 

April 5, 1975 


Pa^e Thirty-one 


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3 weeks in advance 

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Dr. Rendell Rhoades was the guest speaker at 
the Ashland Park Street Brethren Church Satur- 
day evening, March 2, for the dinner honoring 
the Brethren students at Ashland CoUege and 
Ashland Theological Seminary. Brethren faculty 
and staff of the College and Seminary invited 
the Brethren students to be their guests at the 
smorgasbord dinner at 6 pjn. in the Fellowship 
Hall. Ninety people attended. 

Bruce Ronk welcomed cill who were present: 
trustees, faculty, staff, and students, in addition 
to Dr. and Mrs. Rhoades. The Invocation was 
given by Rev. J. Ray Khngensmith, Professor in 
the Religion Department. 

Miss Dorothy Carpenter, Ohalnman of and Asso- 
ciate Professor in the Mathematics Department, 
Introduced Dr. Rhoades. He is Director of the 
Science Division, Chairman of and Professor of 
the Biology Department. Dr. Rhoades reviewed 
the book The Good Man of Paris. The unknown 
author wrote this in 1393 in medieval PYench. It 
was translated into Chaucer EngUsh by Eileen 
Powers. The author used this means to teach his 
child-like wife the life and customs of France. In 
Dr. Rhoades' humorous manner, he pointed out 
many incidents which are applicable today, such 
as. Sunday customs, gardening, preparing and 
preservation of food, the wife's behavior to her 
husband, her position with household servants, 
and diseases of horses! Table decorations of oil 
lamps and old books coordinated the theme of 
the evening. 

The Student Family Fellowship Committee of 
the church planned the evening to acquaint the 
students with Brethren Church members. Com- 
mittee members were Mrs. Jerry Flora, Helen 
Shively, Dorothy Carpenter, Mrs. Charles Beekley, 
Rev. Jim Gleaslen, and Bruce Ronk, chairman. 

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We just can't depend on the other guy lo keep our 
outdoors beautiful. It's up to each and every one of 
us to prevent sight pollution and lo make America a 
better place lo live. For ways you can help, send for 
Woodsy Owl's anti-pollulion poster. It's yours free 
when you write Woodsy Owl. Forest Service. U S D A . 
Washington. DC. 20250 

And remember, give a hoot, don't pollute. 
Don't be a dirty bird, no matter where you go. 



It has been often said that money talks, but why 
is it that it just seems to know one word: 

WOODSY O'VVL,, the anti-poUution spolcesbrrd for 
the U.S. Forest Service says: 

Accumulated wore coat hangers can be tied in 
bundles and returned to your cleaner for reuse. 
If you throw them out they add immensely to the 
garbage problem. 

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July 7-28, 1975 

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Pergamum, Thyatira 
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Collosseum, Vatican, Sistine 

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April 19, 1975 

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"New Creation" — "Celebrate!" 






It isn't the experience of today that drives men 
mad. It is the remorse of what happened yesiteT' 
day, and the dread of what tomorrow may dis- 
close. These axe God's days. Leave them with. Him, 

Therefore, I think, and I do, and I journey bul 
one day at a time. That is the easy day. That is 
the man's day. Nay, rather it is our day — God's 
and mine. And While faithfully and dutifully 1 
run my course, and work my appointed task on 
that day of ours, God the Almighty and AM-loving 
takes care of yesterday and tomorrow. 

Robert J. Burdette 

April 19, 1975 

Page Three 

By the Way 




In the Book of Revelation there are two passages 
of Scripture whiah we wO'Uld like to refer to and 
^en present to our readers a news item which 
Just came to our desk. 

First the Scripture passages: AND HE CAUS- 
THEIR FOREHEADS. (Rev. 13:16) 

A THOUSAND YEARS. (Rev. 20:4) 

Now for the news item furnished by the EP 
News Service — 





The general chaos of politiccil and economic 
events is pushing the world closer than many 
people think to the perilous times of Scripture's 
'last days,' according to a lay Bible teacher in 
Lancaster, CJallfornia. 

As proof of imminent fulfillment of bibUcaJ 
prophecy, John N. Eniglund points to the decline 
of leadership in the wor'ld . . . the baffling econ- 
omy . . . and the wars, revolutions, earthquakes, 
moral decay and starvation which abound. 

Writing in the current issue of GOSPEL CALL, 
pulblished by the Eastern European Mission, Mr. 
Eniglund describes the recently unveiled three- 
story computer in the Brussells headquarters of 
the Common Market Confederacy. Nicknamed 
"The Beast," the gigantic computer is designed 
to assign each citizen of the world a number' to 
use in aU buying and selling. The number would 
be invisibly laser-tatooed on the forehead or on 
the back of the hand. Such a mark, Mr. Eniglund 
says, would provide a walking credit card system. 
The number would show up under infrared scan- 
ners to be placed at all dieck-out counters and 
places of ibusiness. 

Dr. Hendrick Eldeman, Chleif Analyst of The 
Common Market Confederacy, suggests that by 
usinig three six-digital units (see above) the entire 
world could be assigned a numlber. His associates 


point to the need presently of a world monetary 
system that could do away with all currency and 
coin. No one would buy or sell without having an 
assignment of a digital mark. "One man could 
have at his fingertips the number of any man on 
earth." Mr. Englund said, noting the convenience 
this would be for the Man of Sin revealed in the 

Members of the Western Independent Bankers 
Association were told last month in San Francisco 
that a $30 million master computer is now being 
built in St. Louis to serve all U.S. toanks. A repre- 
sentative told BP News Service that the central 
computer offers banks seven-second credit refer- 
ence. To eliminate problems of identification and 
stolen numbers, a mark on the hand is being 

One of the Common Market leaders was asked, 
"What would you do if a person objected to the 
system and refused to cooperate?" His answer, 
reported in the March 1974 issue of Moody Month- 
ly, was, 'We would use force to make him con- 

Henry Spaak formerly a member of the Euro- 
pean Common Market and General Secretary of 
NATO, said, "Send us a man who can hold the 
allegiance of all the people, and whether he be 
God or Devil, we will receive him." 

So ends the article. From an editorial standpoint 
comes a question: Coincidence? Well. . . . 

Josej>h interpreted Pharaoh's dream as being 
God's will for Pharaoh. Daniel interpreted the 
handwriting on the wall as God's future for 
Nebuchadnezzar. The minor prophets propihesied 
along with the major prophets. Or was the Easter 
Season we just celebrated a coincidence instead 
of something that Isaiah predicted? Might this 
news article be a coincidence rather than some- 
thing that is foretold in Revelation? 

An Advertisement tpertalning to a coloring agent 
for ladies hair used this slogan: "Only her hair- 
dresser knows for sure." Answer to the question 
of coincidence or prophecy might be "Only the 
hour-glass knows for sure." (G.S.) 

Page Four 


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Letter from Jerry and Cheryl Grieve 

Grieve Family in Nigena 
Jerry, Seth, Dawn, Nicole and Cheryl 

When we first got back, we finished the concordance project and sent 
it off to Mexico. (We have just received word that it has been computerized 
and is on its ivay back. This tvill be a big help in preparing prime7's and 
a dictionary in the langiiage) . Then we concentrated on polishing the Kilba 
phonology tvhich has noiv also been finished. A few final touches tvill be 
needed to yet it ready for the final typing to be put in microfische. 

During these first fetv months back ive also worked on two Scripture 
Gift Mission booklets of scripture portions. These are also finished, but 
will not be printed until we have tested the orthography ive have proposed 
for Kilba. To do this we will prepare some Kilba folk stories in mimeo form 
to test tvith those ivho are already literate in Hausa, the trade langvxige. 

From December 30 to January 18, I was on the staff of a tr-anslation 
workshop on the book of Hebrews. Eleven languages were represented in- 
cluding Kilba. This adds the book of Hebre^vs (minus four chapters) to the 
folloiving books 'which have been rough drafted: Mark, John, Philippians 
and half of Lzike. Of these only Hebrews and Philippians have been checked 
thus far. 

April 19, 1975 Page Five 

Following the ivorkshop ivas the Institute of Linguistics biennial con- 
ference for ttvo weeks, for ivhich I tvas conference coordinator. It was a 
good conference. George Cowan was here and ministered the Word to us 
as well as reporting on n^ha.t Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc. is accomplish- 
ing worldwide. Also, the conference laid some basis for getting an organ- 
ization star'ted that will promote Bible trcmslation in this country. 

What is ahead of us for this year ? In April, a West Afnca Linguistic 
Consultants' Seminar is scheduled. I have been asked to participate in this 
and ivill present a paper on the Kilba vowel system, tvhich will be published 

In the first lueek of May tve will be conducting a course for translation 
revieivers at Kulp Bible School. Bura, Kilba and perhaps Margi will be 
represented, with about six or seven from each language. 

In August we will be attending and working in a literacy workshop 
where we will tvrite the basic primer for Kilba. During this time also, there 
will be an Old Testament ti-anslation workshop in the book of Genesis. No 
doubt William, the national assistant working with me, will go to this but 
I will not be directly involved due to the literacy workshop. 

We plan to publish Mark sometime this year, get the grammar ready 
for possible publishing, as well as act as consultant for the translation 
project in Bura. (I will be checking Mark tvith the translator, Mu^a 
Mshelia, the first part of March). 

All in all it promises to be a busy year. With it can come many reivards 
as things are accomplished for the Lord and the strengthening of His 

Prayer Request: That William Kusatu, national assistant, tvill be released 
for being pastor so he can give full time notv to 

Prayer For Foreign Missionaries 

Dear Father, these, Your selfless and faithful 
servants, have left their homeland and dear ones. 

They have gone to faraway countries to work 
in Your vineyards; would You keep them Scifely 
in the hollow of Your hand? When they have 
finished laboring for You, on earth. Father, would 
You wrap them an Your Glory? And place upon 
each head a crown of stars . . . many and dazzUng- 
ly bright? 

Surely, they are deserving of the highest 

Asked in Jesus' name. Amen 

AnnabeUe Merrifield 


I watch you, eagle, 

Climib Hhe air 


Without a staiir. 

And thougih my feet 

Were clumsy there. 

My thoughts go higher . . . 

Higher where 

You may not dare. 

Annaibelle MeiTifield 

Page Six The Brethren Evangelist 


by Harold Barnet 

Riverside Christian Training School at Lost 
Creek has a sdhool song with a ohoruis that goes 
"As Old Trouble some doth glide past our dear 
Riverside . . ." We of Riverside have had so many 
floods on our campus that we are considering 
changing the song to "As Old Troublesome doth 
glide OVER our dear Riverside. . . ." Last week 
was the annual Spring Vacation and so Riverside 
School was not in session. If we had to Ihave a 
flood this was the time for it! 

Photo by Paul McAdams, Lost Creek 

Left to right: Boy's Dormitory, 

Hostetler's residence and Drushal 

Memorial church 

Photo by Paul McAdams, Lost Creek 

Parsonage to the right. Water was sy^ 

ft. in the basement and tapping at 

the main floor of Dr. Barnett's residence. 

Water got into the basement of the Drushal 
Memorial Church Building and Mo-rris Worster 
had to carry his family out of the Maurice Hall 
Memorial Boys Dorm "piggy back" style. The 
Worsters aire parents to the boarding boys, teach 
at Riverside and pastor the Rowdy Brethren 

The home of Doran and Nancy Hostetler, River- 
side Principal and wife, is surrounded by water 
While they accompany Riverside's singing group, 
The Lower Lights, on a tour of northe^m Indiana 
Brethren Churches. Water was several feet deep 
in the Riverside gymnasium but since the floor 
is concrete the damage was slight — just a mess! 
Water was also several feet deep in the main- 
tenance building and the basement of the Swango- 
Phillips Apartment Building where teachers 

The parsonage home of Dr. and Mrs. Bamett, 
was surrounded by water. Mrs. Bamett and the 
children were able to carry on quite weU even 
though Dr. Bamett was in Bryan, OMo holding 
revival services. There have been so many floods 
at Riverside that we are all quite used to them 
by now althougih we never LIKE them! We praise 
the Lord that the water did not rise higher. 

Riverside truly appreciate community help 'they 
had in getting ready for Troublesome's visit. They 

i^V i 

Photo by Paul McAdams, Lost Creek 

Riverside Campus Scene — Church (left) a 
foot deep inside; Gym floor (center) 
several feet, at least 3; maintenance 

building; Wheeler Dorm for girls is high 
and dry in the background. 

included Earl Bamett, Amett Napier, Bumam 
Hudson, Paul McAdams, Mrs. Ernest Stanford, 
BUI Stacey, CaUie and Tommy Teiry, Albert 
HoUon and David Campbell. 

April 19, 1975 Page Seven 

Excerpts as reported in the JACKSON TIMES newspaper 

The "fliood watch" began in Kentuctky March 12 
amd lasted until Saturday, March 15 in Breatfliilt 
County. Between March 10 and 14 there was a 
total of 4.76 inches of iprecipitation (snow and 
then rain) that put the North Fork of the Ken- 
tucky River out lof its banks forcing families to 
move from their ihomes, closing sdhools and dis- 
rupting ibusiness. 

The river crested at Jaclison, March 14 alter 
dark at 37.03 feet which is more than eight feet 
over flood stage. Every road leading into Jackson 
was cut ati by the swollen rivers and creeks 
Thursday and Friday, except for KY 15, the main 
highway artery. 

Many residents were stranded in their homes 
and boats were seen at many locations putting 
into the river to rescue stranded persons. Homes, 
fields, even cars were seen under water. Mobile 
homes were moved from the path of the rising 
waters in various trailer courts around Jackson. 
The luckless owners took shelter with friends or 
in motels. 

The flood was a close match for the devastating 
one of last June but was not as desitructive money- 
wise because there were no gardens planted to 
be washed away. Last June's flood was very costly 
to farmers and local homoowners who had planted 


From 'the JACKSON TIMES, March 6, 1975 

Lots of interest was shown in the annual 
Women's Christian Temperance Union Speech 
Contest held at the Jackson Methoidist Church, 
February 28, with 27 contestants on hand. Mrs. 
Seldon Short served as co-ordinating chairman. 

First place winner in the Senior High Division 
was Jesse Braden of Riverside Christian Training 

School. He received a blue ribbon and a $5.00 
check and a medal. Other place winners were from 
various schools in the area. 

The yooing people did a wonderful job learning 
their speeches. In some cases the judges had a 
■hard time picking just two winners, in their group. 
The students teachers were behind them, and had 
helped them work up their speeches. 


A Home Mission Minislttj in Si. Pefersbafg, Fhriils 


DON'T WANT YOU READERS to ithink that aH 
we do at Brethren House is sit around and "think 
uip new teaching ideas" or "mimeograph News- 
letters" or "work with the neighborhood children 
after sbhooi" or "write copy for Brethren House 
Beat," etc. So, pull your stool up around the crack- 
er 'barrel and we'll chat a bit about some other 
happenings in our lives recently . . . (kick your 
shoes off, if you like). 

Team Teaching Workshop: Jean (and sometimes 
Bonnie, too) is conducting a series of Workshops 
on "Team Teaching" at the First Presbyterian 
Church in St. Petersburg. These are held on fOiur 
Wednesday evenings, plus a couple visits to their 
church on Sunday morning planned in April. The 
learning experiences designed for the teachers 
are very p.ractical and, even when Jean leads the 
Workshop session by herself, Bonnie assists with 

Which is wihat "teaming" is all 

the planning . . 

Sarasota: PhU has made 2 trips to Sarasota 
recently — one to attend an evening service when 
Rev. Delbert Flora was doing a series on the "Life 
and Teachings of St. Paul," and the other to pre- 
sent the work of the World Relief Board one eve- 
ning for their Missionary CJonference. 

VBS Staff Training: Two planning sessions are 
set with the teachers of the Vacation Bible School 
at the Palm Lake Christian Church here in St. 
Petersburg. They have not had Learning Centers 
in their VBS before, so they requested ithat we 
conduct some training sessions for them and 
assist them in organizing the curriculum for this 
■one-week schiool. 

(continued on next page) 

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Tutoring: Bonnie and Phil are devoting time each 
Monday morning this Spring to help as volunteers 
for a reading program at the Sixteenth Street Jr. 
High School (about 8 miles away, where Susan 
Lersch attends ) . They tutor students themselves, 
and assist in training other students hofw to tutor 
one another to become better readers. 
Magazine Articles: We have ibeen very pleased 
that articles about Brethren House have appeared 
in two nation-wide publications recently. SPEC- 
TRUM formerly was called the "International 
Journal of Religious Education." That article (in 
the Spring issue) was written by Jean and called 
just "Brethren House in St. Petersburg, Florida." 
In the MESSENGER (February issue). Church of 
the Brethren publication, appeared an article by 
Emily Mumma entitled "Brethren House — A Come 
and Discover Kind of Place." Both writeups are 
accompanied by several good pictures. We thank 
the editors for this kind of coverage. 

Summer Sunday Mornings: The Maximo Pres- 
byterian (Zaiuroh in St. Petersburg has asked us 
to assist them in developing a Learning Center 
for elementary grades on Sunday mornings this 
summer . . . something that vidll adjust to the 
flexibUity of various ages and frequent absences 
due to vacations. This will require some further 
planning sessions and training of personnel. 

Don Griggs VVorlcshop: The day after Phil and 

Bonnie return from their "northern" Workshop 
tour in Alabama, Ohio, West Virginia and Nortih 
Carolina, Don Griggs (of Griggs Educational Ser- 
vice in Livermore, Calif.) will be in town. In fact, 
we are responsible for arranging his coming be- 
cause of our positions in the St. Petersburg Fel- 
lowship of ReUgious Educators. This wiU. be a 
busy time, but our good friend Don will present 
four Teacher Training Workshops in a downtown 
church for people all around the Tampa-St. Peters- 
burg area. We are glad to have a hand in an im- 
portant event like this. 

Recent Visitors: Those stopping in for a visit 
to Brethren House not too long ago have included: 
Rev. Paul and Judy Tinkel (Fort Wayne, Indiana), 
Dick and Rose Lewis (Tiosa, Indiana), Rev. Marlin 
and Lila McCann (Mt. OUve, Virginia), and Rev. 
Virgil Ingraham (Brethren Mission Board, Ash- 
land, Ohio). Glad to have them all. How 'bout 
some others? 

Consultants: Bonnie and PhU continue to work 
on a regular basis as Educational Consultants for 
two nearby churches: First Methodist Ohurdi and 
the Good Samaritan Church. This includes many 
things, such as recruiting & training teachers, 
organizing materials, and assisting with the 
Church School classes on occasion. It continues 
to help us understand the frustrations and prob- 
lems faced by teachers in the local church. 


NORTHBROOK, 111. (EP)— A national survey 
of high school student leaders reveals tiiat 88 per- 
cent of them beheve "there is a God or a supreme 
being" and 82 per cent "feel religion is relevant 
in today's society." 

The survey, conducted by Who's Who Among 
American High School Students, also shows that 
74 per cent of the top students consider themselves 
members of an organized religion and 86 per cent 
attend religious services either regularly or 

Religion was one of 23 general topics covered 
in the fifth annual survey by Who's Who. Ques- 
tionnaires were sent by the Northbrook-centered 
organization to the 70,000 of the 236,000 student 
achievers whose names appear in its 1974 

Some 23,000 responses were received, forming 
the basis for the latest survey. Of the total, 50 
per cent were Protestant, 32 per cent C^atholic, 3 
per cent Jewish, less than 1 per cent "other." 
Caucasians comprised 89 per cent, Negro 6 per 
cent, "others" 2 per cent. 

A breakdown of religious affiliation disclosed 
that belief in God or a supreme being was ex- 

pressed by 94 per cent of Protestants, 92 per cent 
of Catholics, 48 per cent of Jews, and 45 per cent 
of "others." 

According to race, 88 per cent of Cauoasians, 
93 per cent of Negroes and 92 per cent of "others" 
are "beilievers." 

Religion is felt to be relevant by 87 per cent of 
Protestant high school leaders, 83 per cent of 
CathoUcs, 61 per cent of Jews and 100 per cent 
of "others." 

Students attending chiuidh-related scihoals were 
found to be more supportive of religion, as would 
be expected, than those attending public or private 
schools. For example, 95 per cent of parochial, 
89 per cent of pulblic and 80 per cent of private 
sc^hool leaders professed belief in God. 

Although 79 per cent of all students said they 
participate in church or other religious activities 
either regularly or occasionally less than half of 
them do so "regularly." 

The "regular" participants include 53 per cent 
Protestants, 46 per cent Catholics, and 18 per 
cent Jewish. Fifty-eight per cent of parochial stu- 
dents, and 44 per cent of both public and private 
schools are regular participants. 

April 19, 1975 

Page Nine 


MY HEART . . . 


When the Sipiritually perceptive poet, Christina 
Rossetti, penned the words, "My heart is like a 
singing bird," she epitomized one of the lovely 
ladies residing at Brethren Care — Savilla Wohl- 
.gaimuth, a 'sister lOf the late Martha Holmes, who 
will be rememibered iby many as registrar at 
AShland 'College for a nuniber of years. 

Savilla — even the name has a musical tone to 
it — ^possesses an inner radiance Which embodies 
this m-usical quality. 

Fior a long time Savilla's sight oontinued to fail 
her, until about eight years lago, when total blind- 
ness overtook her. She can discern neither light 
or darkness; or perhaps one sihould say that she 
lives in complete darkness — physical darkness, 
that is. 

But in these oiroumstances, is sihe toitter, seM- 
pitydng, complaining? NEVER! In fact, she lives 
toy -an inner light, and is as sweet-spirited a person 
as one could enoo-unter anywhere. Graciousness 
and courtesy characterize her demeanor at all 
times. When nurses or aides, who are always kind 
and helpful, perform ithe 'Sliigh'test service — even 

meirely giving her a pill — ^she invariably responds 
with a sincere "thank you." 

Like many sightless people, Savilla has other 
senses that are exceptionally acute. When I stop 
at her chair each week, before saying a word I 
merely grasp her hand, and she identifies me. She 
is fortunate in that a number of her relatives live 
within easy driving idistance; hence, she receives 
a gratifying number of callers. Of course, she is 
a delightful person to visit. Interestingly enough, 
she usually says, "I'm so glad to see you. (This 
must indicate linner vision.) 

On the occasions when I drop in, I read — ^usually 
poetry, which we both enjoy very much; then we 
share several chapters of the Bible; after that we 
sing. She told me some time ago that she loves 
to sing; and, incidentally, she has a lovely, clear 

To be sure, she can't read the words of the song 
now, but almost any hymn I begin, she joins in 
singing and knows all of the words. OccasionaUy 
we sing ten or more songs, and she is always 
willing to go on; however, after reading and sing- 
ing, my voice takes on the quality of sandpaper, 
and I must sign off. 

Savilla has a marvelous faith and lives in close 
communion with her Lord, knowing Him intimate- 
ly and speaking to Him frequently. She exempli- 
fies the words of the poet, Tagore, who says, 
"Faith is the bird that feels tiie light and sings 
wihen the dawn is still dark." She has coinfessed 
to me that she often sings when she is alone or 
when she is sitting in the wheel-chair area occupied 
by many other residents. One can only imagine the 
impact on those around to see and hear this won- 
derful person, totally unaware of who or what is 
about her, singing "What a Friend We Have in 
Jesus" or so'me comparable song attesting to an 
awareness of His presence. 

She has sometimes expressed to me the wish 
that -she could do more for other people and be 
more productive as a Christian; but to an onlooker, 
hers is a spirit producing tremendous Christian 

Indeed, in the vi^ords of anotheir great poet, John 
Milton, "They also serve who oinly Sitand and 
wait" (or sit and sing). U 

She itranquU sits beside her small-paned window, 

A slender figure, wrinkled, bowed and old; 
A scarf which she is knitting, slowly growing. 

Is all her tremhling fingers now can hold. 
She hears the roU of wheels and country echoes. 

The song of birds and winds that idly blow; 
The flofwerful summer comes, regretful passes. 

Then softly flutters down the kindly snow. 
The rich and poor find here a peaceful haven, 

A counselor and wise wiho never fails 
But sympathetic listens, understanding. 

To young and old, their troubles and 
their tales. 
A shut-in, yes, in truth, tout great her mission! 

A Messing, all unknowing, pure and sweet; 
And just her presence in her humMe dwelling 

Can somehow glorify a village street. 

Alice Thorn Frost 


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The Brethren Evangelist 

by Beth Gilmer 


How would you like to receive $150? Who 
wouldn't, right? How can you get it? Simple. All 
that is required is that you be a girl entering 
Ashland College as a freshman in the faU of 1975, 
and it can be yours! Do you fit into that category? 
Fill out the form, cut it out and send it in. You 
think it would be hard to win? Think again. Last 
year, no one even applied. Your chance is more 
than good. 

Girls, maybe some of you are a little puzzled 
or maybe upset by my last article. I hope that is 
not the case. In my short time as an officer, I 
have become concerned about the state of downfall 
that the Sisterhood seems to be caught up in. 
Maybe on the local level, you can't see it, but look- 
ing over the years from the national level, it is 
very plain to see. And, as I said, it concerns me. 
Several of you are really trying, I Icnow. But its 
to the ones who don't care anymore that I wrote 
the article, "Sisterhood is going to pot." I wanted 
to get some action, or some response from them, 
lif possible. I wUl give credit where credit is due 
... I have received several more registrations. A 
great big THANK YOU is in order for those Who 
have let me know of their existence. I also appre- 
ciate the comments you enclose. Keep up the good 

Well, spring is finally here. The spring-fever bug 
is beginning to bite a lot of us. It won't be long 
till we'll be swimming in the pool and running 
barefooted through the grass. This spring is 
especially exciting for me. As a matter of fact, 
I have wjiited my whole life for this spring. Why? 
Because in less than a month (May 17) I wUl final- 
ize one of the most important decisions of my 
entire life: to become a wife. It is something every 
girl dreams about. For me it is coming true this 
spring. Does this spring mean anything to you? 
It should. 

Let's imagine tlhait you had made or created 
something — anything. When you put it out for 
display, everyone remarked to each other, "How 
beautiful," or "How nice!" But even thougli you 
were standing rig'ht there beside it, no one said 
a word of praise to you. As a matter of fact, they 
almost downright ignored you. They gave you no 
credit at all for the creation you had made. 

"No," you say, "that has never happened to me. 
People always praise me for the things I make, 
even if it is just a picture I've drawn or a dress 
I've sewn." That's probably tnae. Almost everyone 

has the manners or decency to praise each other' 
for the things their human hands have created. 

Take a look outside. What do you see? The 
flowers are blooming, the trees are getting leaves, ' 
the grass is getting greener . . . it's spring! These' 
are all creations, but not human creations. They; 
are God's creations. However, when it comes to' 
God, everyone seems to lose their manners andi 
decency. They rejoice with the beauty of spring ] 
and all the rest of nature, but seldom bother to' 
give Him a word of praise or appreciation. As a. 
matter of fact, He is often ignored. Even we Chris- 
tians are sometimes guilty of forgetting to say 
"thank you!" 

At the bookstore where I work, we have a selec- 
tion of bookmarks with littie sayings on ithem. One i 
of them says, "Have you thanked a tree today?" 
For a long time, I thought that was really dumb. • 
But the more I think about it, the more I change i 
my mind. They say one of these days there willi 
be no more trees. If you even want to see a tree, 
you'll have to go to a museum and pay to see it. i 
Won't that be awful? It makes me want to go 
thank every tree I see just for being there. But 
even more, it makes me want to thank and praise > 
God for all the thousands of creations He has : 
given us to enjoy here in this world. 

Spring is beautiful! But don't forget to thank- 
the Creator. By the way, have you thanked a tree! 

Tin later, Beth 

AU girls who wUl be freshmen at Ashland College 
in the fall of 1975 are elegible for a $150.00 Schol- 
arship given by the National Sisterhood Society. 
FiU in this form and return to me by June 1. I 
wUl then send you an application form to fill out 
and return. 


Minister's Name 



His Address 

High School 





His Address 

RETURN BY JUNE 1, 1975 to 
Beth Gilmer 
415 Claremont Ave. 
Ashland, Ohio 44805 

AprU 19, 1975 

Page Eleven 


L. Burdette Lewis was ordained to the ministry 
in special services at 'the Matteson Brethren 
Church on M-86, Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m. Elder 
Claude StogsdiU, pajstor of the First Brethren 
Church of Warsaw, Ind. read the action of the 
district Ministerial and congregational relations 
board and gave the questions and charge and 
declarations of an authooty as an elder to Mr. 

The ordination prayer and laj4ng on of hands 
was given by Elder Stogsdill and Elder Dana Har- 
tong, pastor of the Florence Church of The Breth- 
ren of Constantine. Elder Hartong gave the scrip- 
tural charge. 

Elder Albert Curtright from the First Brethren 
Church, BurUngton, Ind. gave the ordination ser- 
mon and gave charge to serve as wife of an elder 
to Mrs. Barbara Lewis. He was assisted by Elder 
John Long, pastor of Brighton Chapel, Brighton, 
Ind. in laying of hands. The service was closed 
with a hymn and the benediction was given by 
Elder Lewis. The prelude and postlude were played 
toy Donald French. 

Barbara and Burdette have 2 children, Daryl, 
who is a student at U. of M. and a daughter, Mrs. 
James (Darlene) Tase of Colon and a grand- 
daughter, Tammy. 


There are fingeirprints on the windowpane, 

There are scratches on the chair; 
Six little shoes are on the floor, 

Playthings are everywhere. 
But three little heads lie fast asleep, 

All is as still as a mouse. 
And rosy red cheeks on pillows of white 

Make up for a "littered up" house. 
They are safe at home in their own httle beds, 

And that is enough for me. 
Who wants a house that's neat as a pin? 

Not I — ^I'm the mother of -three! 

Mrs. Dema EHison 

Page Twelve 

The Brethren Evangelist 

news ... ^^^ tfo. 



Martha E. Thomas, 63, passed away December 
11, 1974. Surviving are her husband, (Rev. Wilbur 
L. Thom,as) four daughters and three sons. Ser- 
vices were held on Dec. 14th; burial was at the 
Mount Hope Cemetery with Rev. Kenneth Howard 


Charles McKinley Rager III, 14, died March 5, 
1975 in a car-bicycle accident. Survived by parents, 
Charles M. and Donna (Thoimas) Rager, Jr.; a 
brother, Craig, paternal grandmother, Mrs. 
Dorothy Rager and numerous aunts and uncles. 
Member of Vinco Brethren Church. Funeral Ser- 
vice was held at Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary, 
Joihnstown, Pennsylvania, by Rev. C. WDUam Cole. 
Initerment, Grandview Cemetery. 


Mrs. Nora Adams, 94, Warsaw, Indiana passed 
away March 5, 1975. She was the oldest member 
of the Warsaw First Brethren Church and was 
faithful in attendance until one year ago. She is 
survived by a son and daughter, several grand- 
children and great-grandchildren. Funeral services 
were conducted by her pastor, Rev. Claude Stogs- 
dill, with burial in the Oakwood Cemetery. 


Mrs. Harland (Frances) Smith passed away on 
February 21, 1975 in her home at Timbercrest 
after an extended illness. She is survived by her 
husband, Harland; a son. Dr. Dloyd; and a daugh- 
ter, Mrs. James Mishler. 

Memorial services were held in the Timibercrest 
Chapel with Rev. Woodrow Immel officiating and 
Rev. Walter Stinebaugh .assisting. 


A faithful member of the (Z^anton church passed ■ 
away on March 12th after a rather lengthy illness. ■ 
Mrs. Carol Mackey was 34 years old and is sur- 
vived by her husband Gary and children Scott and 
Dawn. Pastor John Byler had the services on ; 
Saturday, March 15th and burial was in LouisvUle. 
Mrs. Mackey was responsible for starting a home i 
bible study program for the church and this has 
grown to 3 study groups meeting weekly with an 
attendance of 15 to 20 persons. 


Sylvan "Pete" Cripe, 94, died suddenly at his 
home in North Manchester, March 8, 1975. He was 
ill just one day. Bom in Illinois, he came to N. 
Manchester and attended Manchester College ' 
wthere he met and married Grace Wright in 1901. 
She passed away in 1957. 

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ernest i 
Taylor with whom he made his home; a grandson i 
James C, and three great-grandchildren; one sis- i 
ter, Mrs. Flaura Swanson. 

iMr. Cripe was the first Santa Claus in North ; 
Manchester and he continued thajt roll for many 

Pastor Immel officiated at ffihe Memorial service 
and burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery. 


Frankie Durktn, 9 montlhs, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Gene (Judy Martin) Durbin, C^ro Gordo, lUinois, 
passed away January 4, 1975 after a week's Ulness. 
He is survived by two sisters, one brother, mater- 
nal grandparents, paternal grandmother and great- 
grandfather. Memorial services were held by the 
pastor. Rev. William Livingston, in the Cerro 
Gordo Brethren Church. "And a little child shall 
lead them" can certainly ibe said about Franfcie's ■ 
short life here on earth. 


Raymond Riddle, 82, of Tiosa, Indiana, passed 
away in the Canterbury Manor Nursing ihome in 
Rochester. He was a life time member of the 
Tiosa Church. He was a ibrother of the late Rev. 
Earl Riddle. He is survived by his wife, Ferda; a i 
son, Joe Lewis of Rochester; two sisters, Mrs. 
Mabel Wilson and Mrs. L. C. Burton of Mentone; 
a brother, Charles. 

Rev. John Turley officiated at the Grossman 
funeral home at Argos. 

April 19, 1975 

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■ Miss Vicki Lynn Bridegroom daugiiter of Mr. 
and Mrs. Ronald Bridegroom became the bride 
of Mr. Robert K. Simcoe, son of Mr. and Mrs. 
.Kenneth Simcoe in a double ring ceremony, Satur- 
day, March 8, 1975 in the sanctuary of the First 
Brethren Church of N. Manchester. 

Music was presented by Mrs. Woodrow Immel, 
organist, and Miss Margie McBride was the vocal- 
ist. Pastor Immel officiated at the service for 
this young couple. 

A baby girl was born to WUMam and sharon 
Walk, April 2, 1975. They have named her Rachael 
Lee. It is interesting to note that she was bom 
on their 8th wedding anniversary. The Walks 
are in trainiing at Missionary Internship as mis- 
sionary candidates. 


N. Manchester, Indiana — 11 by baptism, 

5 hy letter 
Masontown, Pennsylvania — 13 by baptism 

a book review 

To Rule the Nlgrht by James B. Irwin with 
William A. Emerson, Jr. (A. J. HOlman Company, 
1973. 251 pp.) 

BiUy Graham says, "This book is a thrilling 
account of one of the greatest adventures of all 
time — ^man's journey to the moon. More signifi- 
cantly, it is also the inspiring story of one ^man's 
journey to faith in the God of the Universe. 
Astronaut Jim Ir\Vin has a unique and challenging 
story to teU, and I predict this ibook wiU 'be an 
inspiration to thousands." 

The scientific voyage of ApoHo 15 began with 
the (blast-off on July 26, 1971 and launched Jim 
Irwin, along with Al Wordon and Dave Scott into 
a modem space adventure. Excitement, exhilara- 
tion, unexpected iproblems, tense moments, bits of 
comic relief and the overwhelming thrill of finally 
stepping onto the moon: These are described in 
such a way that as I read the book, I felt as if I 
were a part of it all. 

The book gives the reader variety. In the first 
four chapters Colonel Irwin describes in detail 

his voyage to the moon and back, including recep- 
tion and adjustment after returning. The next 
four chapters teU his life story. In Chapter Nine, 
called High Flight, he tells about the new mission, 
his world travels and fame. He related in the 
EpUogue how he was "surprised by God." Also, 
adding interest to the book, is a section of pictures. 

It is awe inspiring when he describes the strong 
and clear Presence of God, which he experienced 
on this voyage. "The Lord wanted me to go to 
the moon so I could come back and do something 
more important with my life than fly airplanes. 
— ^As we reached out in a physical way to the 
heavens, we were moved spiritually. As we flew 
into space we had a new sense of ourselves, of 
the earth, and of the nearness of God. We were 
outside of ordinary reality; I sensed the beginning 
of some sort of deep change taking place inside 
of me. Looking back at that spaceship we call 
earth, I was touched by a desire to convince man 
that he has a unique place to live, that he is a 
unique creature, and that he must learn to live 
with his neighbors." 

Jim Irwin retired from the Air Force and has 
been speaking throughout our country, as well 
as others, about the rediscovery of his Christian 
faith. "After the flight the power of God was 
working in me, and I was possessed by a growing 
feeling that God did have a new mission for me. — 
I teU people that God has a plan for them. I say 
that if God controls the universe with such in- 
finite precision, controlling all the motion of the 
planets and the stars, this is the working out of 
a perfect plan for outer space. I believe that He 
has the perfect plan for the inner space of man, 
the spirit of man. This plan was manifest when 
He sent His son Jesus Christ to die for us, to for- 
give us our sins, and to show us He has a plan 
for our lives." 

To Rule the Night is a very private look at a 
puiblic hero — a spaceman with down-to-earth 

Reviewed 'by Julia Flora 

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by Phil Lersch, Chairman 
Brethren World Relief Board 


(Part 4 of 5) 


[Dtiring Christmas vacation in 1973 John 
Holmstrom and Bill Baker of the Ford Motor 
Co. traveled to Upper Volta and Niger, two 
African countries caught in the gnp of a six- 
year-long drought. The purpose was to make 
a film depictiiig tragic coTisequences — hun- 
ger, malnutrition, starvation — of the unpre- 
cedented dry spell. 

The film tvas used by the World Relief 
Commission to produce the movie shotun at 
General Conference last year — "Africa: 
Dry Edge of Disaster." It is still available 
for showing in local Brethren Churches at 
no charge. Write: World Relief Commission, 
Box hU, Valley Forge, Pa. loisi. Folloiving 
is part 4- of Mr. Holstrom's diary.'] 

December 30, 1973 

Nicole is a young French English teacher in 
France, whom I met on the plane. She was going 
to Africa to visit her father who is a French en- 
gineer for the government. On this day Nicole 
joins us for the half-hour drive north of Niamey 
to Lazaret, a refugee camp of some 6,000 nomads, 
mainly Tauregs, who have settled there. 

We drive into the camp on a rutted dusty road 
'that leads to an empty tent, topped by a tattered 
Red Cross flag. Hundreds of small huts made 
from flapping cardboard, reeds and animal skins 
are spread out in all directions across the desert. 
Everywhere we look we see turbaned men, small 
children, women in long cloaks, and occasional 
goats, moving about in the haze of the desert heat 
and dust. 

A group of children surround us as soon as we 
get out of the car. Immediately we are struck with 
the coughing. It is almost overpowering. All the 
kids seem to be coughing. Others have festered 
eyes, with flies attached, some are losing their 
hair, many are naked. I am not sure of our wel- 
come, if any. Nicole has been to the camp befoire 
and seems to know what she is doing. 

She strikes up a conversation with an older 
Tuareg; he is a chief, translates Nicole, and we 

decide we w'iO. discuss with this man what we are 
doing in hopes he will co-operate visibly with us 
in order to reassure any people we film. He in- 
vites Nicole, Richard PendeU of WBC, and me 
into his small tent. The Tuaregs are a fabled tribe 
of the Sahara. Descendents of the Berbers, they 
look more European than African. They have 
a:lways roamed the desert and are proud of their 
independence and ability to survive in the desert's 
oven-Uke heat. Now, they are reduced to a refugee 
camp in order to live. 

As we sit in the tent drinking tea, as is their 
custom, I listen to the French being spoken, a tea 
cup in one hand, the other resting on the African 
desert, and look at the Tuaregs. The chief's face 
is wrapped with a turban but his eyes look gently 
out at us. He says that he is from Tlmboctou and 
that he had many goats, camels, and sheep. But 
when the rains stopped, the land and the crops 
went 'bad, his animals died, and the weUs went 
dry. He left Mali for Niger in hopes of finding a 
job. Now with no hope of work, he worries about 
his family of eight in MaU. I ask him what the 
future holds for the Tuaregs in Lazaret. "We have 
no future," he says quietly. "We have nothing, we 
do inothing. It is Allah's will." 

As we continue oiur talk, and Pendell explains 
our fUming purpose, they agree to assist us. 
According to Tuareg custo^m we also make small 
talk about family. The chief asks me about mine 
and I say that I am not married and have no wife 
or children. He responds, with laughing eyes, that 
he wUl be glad to introduce me to any of the fine 
young Tuareg ladies in the camp! I thank him 
and suggest that his is ithe best idea I have heard 
all day. 

As we leave the hut and return to the car to 
set up my camera, I can't help but think of the 
incredible courtesy and dignity I have just wit- 
nessed. Before I left Detroit I called my mother 
in California. She expressed loving concern for 
me. In actuality Niger had two or three murders 
during the whole year. Detroit, a civiiized non- 
primitive state in the greatest country in the 
world, obviously cannot claim such statisitics. I 
also discover that in the refugee camp there are 

April 19, 1975 

Page Fifteen 

|no ipoMcemen. Evidently, living their marginal 
lives together in the desert has instUled a togeth- 
erness in the tough but gentle Tuaregs that even 
drought and famine cannot damage. 

I film scenes of the chief's family eating rice 
given to them from relief agencies, and of the 
chief walking through the camp. Involved plans 
to shoot activities of different members of the 
camp are abandoned when it becomes appareet 
that besides eating and sleeping, the Nomads do 
absolutely nothing. There is no work, no schooling, 
no self-help pro'grams, nothing but waiting for the 
food handout. 

I shot one scene with a young. Incredibly thin, 
blank-eyed little girl named Bahamed, who is 
suffering from dysentery. She previously had 
measles and whooping cough. Her agonizing 
mother sits next to her, and I film the mother's 
anxious, suffering features. Around us cluster 
other children, many with no clothing, coughing, 
scrawny, but intent on watching us and our film- 
ing efforts. In the middle of the sequence with 
Rahamed I slowly zoom my lens into her 
emaciated face. She is dying, I think, and soon I 
will pack up my equipment and we wiU all drive 
away, il blink back the moisture pushing into my 
eyes and my throat tightens so much I cannot 

When I run out of film I quickly reload, forcing 
my mind away from the horror I am filming and 
remind myself I must control myself in order to 
fUm. Before I leave I kneel down before this little 
figure and put my hand gently on her naked back 
to give her a reassuring pat. It shocks me when 
my hand touches her fragile body. I can feel al- 

most every bone, as if the skin was little more 
than paper over the bone. 

After three hours of fUming and talking with 
the refugees, we disengage ourselves from the 
crowd of youngsters following us around and get 
in the cars. I have a number of small boxes of 
raisins in my jacket and begm to hand a few out 
the window to the kids. In seconds the car is 
deluged with chattering, pushing children, ail 
thrusting their hands in. It is a mistake and I 
quickly give out the rest and signal that my empty 
hands have no more. I am ashamed of the scene 
I have caused. 

In the market In BoBo, BlU had carelessly 
handed out a few coins to kids around him and 
when they deluged him, he threw the remaining 
coins on the ground. They, of course, quickly 
scrambled to get the coins. I had brusquely criti- 
cized BUI for this insensitive act of "ugly Ameri- 
canism," but now I was no better. Bill regretted 
his act as do I, but the shock of seeing people in 
such great needs, leads people, I guess, to such 
thoughtless actions. 

Drained by all the poverty and disease we leave 
Camp Lazaret. Exhausted, we lay on our beds 
back In our hotel room. BUI is thinking out loud 
about his two beautiful little girls and what it 
would be like if he ended up in Lazaret with his 
family. I cannot talk as I lie with my eyes closed, 
seeing little Bahamed and those big eyes on top of 
her wasted body. 

(Concluded next time) 
[John Hohnstrom's African Diary appeared 
in DETROIT, the Sunday edition of the 
Detroit Free Press, July 14, 1974.] 


VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (EP)— The World Relief 
Commission has ordered immediate evacuation of 
American staff in Vietnam, according to WRC 
Executive Vice President Everett S. Graffam. 

Tlhe staff includes Dr. and Mrs. Robert Long and 
their four children; Dr. and Mrs. Richard Johnson; 
Dr. and JVIrs. Edward Merzig; Mr. Jerry Keener; 
and Mr. and Mrs. Stuart WUlcuts. 

The commission has been training Vietnamese 
to eventuaflly take over, though the Communisit 
advance into the Danaing area has forced this 
responsibility on them sooner than anticipated. 

The agency has cabled $55,000 to their Vietnam 
field director for emergency care of many thous- 
ands of refugees "wiho have fled from Phuoc Long, 
Tay Nlnh, Quang Trl, Hue, and the upper high- 
land areas. 

Through WRC's Vietnamese counterpart, the 
400-m.emiber Christian Youth Social Service, WRC 
is providing rice and other foods, water, cloithing, 
medical assistance, shelter and sanitary facilities. 

Countrywide, the daily-changing war scene has 
added a million new refugees during the recent 
takeover of provinces in the north and central 
ihighiands by the Communists. Many refugees are 
forced to pick up their few belongings and run to 
another place. They ihave very little and need 

World Relief, social concern arm of National 
Association of Evangelicals, has served In Vietnam 
since 1961, bringing aid and comfort to refugees, 
orphans, Montagnard minorities, administering 
day care centers and the hospital, and providing 
personnel, funds, equipment, medicines, food and 
clothing. The value of assistance in five years 
exceeded $6 million. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


THE 1975 




"Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is 
a NEW CREATION; the old things passed 
aivay; behold new things have come." (II 
Corinthians 5:1 7) 

"The New Creation" will be serving our Brethren Churdhes in Indiana, Ohio, 
Washington, D.C. and Maryland through Bible Studies, Evangelism, Family Activ- 
ities, Music and much more. At some time during the week, every age level will 
have ojxportunity to get involved. 

Each of these 12 young people are anxiously awaiting their summer ministry. 
They have already begun to study, read and memorize for their activities and music 
presentations. Please pray for each member of "The New Creation" as they prepare 
and go forth in the wonderful service of our Lord. 

Kenneth Huff previouisdy an Intern in Bradenton, 
Florida and member of "The Twelve" will be the 
leader of this team. Ken is a member of the 
Mishawaka, Indiana Brethren Church and is in 
his soj^homore year at Bethel College majoring 
in Bible. 

Ken Huff, Leader 
Mishaivaka, Indiana 

April 19, 1975 

Pa^e Seventeen 


Nancy Ronk 
Ashland (Park Street), Ohio 

Nancy Bonk is ipresenitly a firesihman at Goshen 
College majoring in Elementary eduication and 
music. Nancy is a second year Crusader and a 
member of the Park Street Brethren Ohuroh in 
AjsMand, Ohio. 

Tom Keplinger 
Washington, D.C. 

Another first year Crusader, Thomas Keplinger, 

from our Washington, D.C. Bretlhren Churdh will 
join the Ashland College freshmen wiho have an 
undetermined major. 


Becky Grumbling, a fflirist yeair Crusader, plans to 
enter icoUege ithis faill with an eQementary educa- 
tion major. Becky is from the Waterloo, - Iowa 
Brethren Chuirdh. 

Becky Grumbling 
Waterloo, Iowa 

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The Brethren Evangelist 



Coming from the Vailley BretJhren Churoh, Jones 
Mills, Pennsylvania, we 'have Susie Keslar, a first 
year Crusader. Susie graduated from high school 
in 1972 and is employed by the County Trust Bank. 

Susie Keslar 
Valley (Jones Mills) 

Jim Black 
Milledgeville, Illinois 

James Black is a first year Crusader wiho will be 
entering Ashland College this fall majo'ring in 
speech or art. Jim is from the MiUedgeviille, 
Illinois Brethren Church. 

Jeff Lentz 
Nappanee, Indiajia 

Jeffrey Lentz from oiH- Nappanee, Indiana Breth- 
ren Church is a second year Crusader. Jeff will 
graduate from Nappanee High School this spring 
and 'is entering coUege to study music -and Religion 
in the fall. 

April 19, 1975 

Page Nineteen 


From our North Manchester, Indiana Brethren 
Church we have another second year Crusader. 
Mark Baker will be a junioir at Ashland Coillege in 
Pre-Seminary study. Mark is presently National 
BYC Vice Moderator and the editor of the Morning 

Mark Baker 
No)th Manchester, Indiana 

).>' •>!S\..-'VCI 

Catherine Comfort 
Mishawaka, Indiana 

Catherine Comfort lis ailso &iom our Mislhawaka, 
Indiana Brethren ChvTch. Cathy win toe a junior 
music education major at Indiana University in 
the fall. This is her first year as a Crusader. 

Deborah Munson 
' Ashland (Park Street), Ohio 

Deborah Munson will ibe a first year Crusader 
from the Park Street Brethren Church in Ashland, 
Ohio. Debbie will be a senior at Aslhilamd High 
School in the fall. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


Debra Michael 
Lanark, Illinois 

Debra Michael, iiram our Lanark, EMinois Brethren 
Ohurdh ds a second year Crusader. Deblbde grad- 
uates from 'HigMand Community Co'Hege with a 
secretarial science major this spring. 


Kerry Scott 
Warsaw, Indiana 

Kerry Scott, a third year Crusader ("The Twelve" 
ainid "One"-east) is from the Warsaw, Indiana 
Brethren Church. Kerry will be a so-phomore 
Religion major at Ashland College this .fall. 

Dear BCE Staff, 

I would personally like to join the Summer Crusader Prayer Campaign and 
pledge to pray daily for the Crusader assigned to me. 




Others who would be interested Eire listed below. 

'^pril 19, 1975 

Page Twenty-one 


As eaoh new year dawns, most of us again examine our pledge to God. Every 
New Year's Eve thousands of prayers rise in praiise, thanksgiving and celeibration. 
Isn't it wonderful though that through Christ we don't have to wait until January 1. 

Join us in the National Board of Christian Education's May New Year's Cele- 
bration of the past, the present and the future. 


the PAST 

BYC has such a lioh heritage! 

Many of the past leaders of BYC are serving 
Christ in full time Christian service. Others 
are in training gaining the expeorience and 
insights needed for their mmistry. StDl others 
are just praying and hoping. 

Paist projects of BYC are still living memorials of 
1 the dedication and involvement our Brethren 
Youth have in their brother's need. 

Many programs will never be forgotten for they 
touched many hearts in Christ's name. 

Each year BYC Convention draws interested 
Brethren Youth to Ashland for a week of planning 
the future, exchanging ideas, recharging our 
spirits, studying the Word and praying eamestiy 
for His leading. Eaoh year stands out for different 
reasons but everyone who attended last year will 
remember the love, unity, and excitement "Discov- 
ery '74" brought to the Conference. 

Page Twenty-two 


Remember these past projects 

The Brethren Evangelist 

. the PAST . . . 

"Share for Chandon" — 196^ 
'On the Air in Argenti^m" — 1965-1966 

"Fill the Derby Hat" — 1964-1965 

"Pennies for Pete" — 1966-1967 

"18 by 68"— 1967-1968 
Arizona Brethren Camp — 1968-1969 

Fort Wayne, IN and India — 1969-1970 
Summer Crusaders and St. Petersburg, FL — 1970-1971 

Summer Crusaders and Jefferson, IN — 1971-1972 
Stimmer Crusaders and Chapel at Brethren. Care, OH — 1972-1973 

w»r335 Evangelistic Outreach in India — 1973-1974- 

Collator for Brethren Publishing 
Company — 1974-1975 (Present Project) 

April 19, 1975 Page Twenty-three 


. . . the PRESENT . . . 

As you read this, several programs are well 
under way that are worth celebrating as the 
Psalmist says: 

"O Sing to the Lord a new song, 
For He has done wonderful things, . . ." 
(Psalm 98:1-2 NAS) 

The 1974-75 Winter Miinistry Team, "Children 
"Morning Star" — Since September of 1974, there of Light" have had some wonderful experiences 
'have been 5 issues sent to aU regisitered BYC serving our Brethren Churches in youth raUys, 
members. Mark Baker, the editor, works very worsihip services, and a coffee house. A special 
Jiard putting together ideas, news, and other thanks to Meyersdale, PA; N. Manchester, IN; 
items of interest. If you have news items, send Vandergrift, PA; West Alexandria, OH; Ashland- 
them to Mark Baker, c/o BCE. Garber, OH; and N. Georgetown, OH for their 

hospitality and friendliness to these 15 young 

A 10-minute sMdeset with a background/narra- 
tion cassette entitled "Nat'l BYC Today" is now 
available free of charge from the National Board 
of Christian Education office. This slideset reviews 
some past BYC proigrams and activities such as 
"Discovery '74", National Convention, BYC Council 
and more. Good Initerest builder in Nat'l BYC. 
(Send showing date & alternate plus name and 

A March 30, 1975—1094 Registered BYC Members A 

B districts (& associate district) number of registered members D 

C California £ 

Central 37 

Y Florida 36 I 

O Northern Indiana 252 ^ 

•^ Southern Indiana 196 

. Midwest 18 « 

Miami Valley Ohio 134 

1^ Northeast Ohio 97 |^ 

1^ Pennsylvania 168 £ 

M Southeast 121 M 

B Southwest 15 B 

E E 

K At large (high school graduate) 20 K 

f [Compare: 1224 m.embers last year 1973-74] 7 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

. . . the FUTURE . . 

The future? Yes, ftihe future looks very interest- 
ing & exciting. 

National BYC as well as the National Board 
of Christian Education, have set and are working 
positively toward some important oibjectives and 
goals. These objectives and goals include our on- 
going programs (Summer Crusaders, National 
BYC Convention, etc.) plus our special events 
(the ICL Seminar, National BYC projects, etc.) 

In the 'paist issues of ithe Brethren Evangelist 

(and future ones) we have shared specific infor- 
rnation on our dreams, goals and ideas so tlhat each 
reader may have a better understanding. 

IN 1980? 


Your ^are invited to participate as you will in the life and ministry of National 
Brethren Youth Crusaders. The needs are many and varied. Examine yourself . . . 
could you contribute prayer siupvpart tor your local group or for the Summer i&u- 
saders? Do you possess skills which mig*ht 'be taught to the young? Can you make 
a financial contribution to assist with the National BYC program? AH these are 

The National Board O'f Christian Education directs and coordinates the denom- 
inational youth program. Perhaps the largest . . . certainly the most prominenit . . . 
aspect of the youth program is the Summer Crusader ministry which is and must 
remain self-sustaining. Even so, all the administrative costs of the program are 
borne iby the Board of Christian Educaitlian's budget. The investment of time and 
work is enormous. 

In short, the Board of Christian Education must have the financial support of 
every church in order to maintain the National BYC Prograim. 

\pril 19, 1975 

Page Twenty-five 


The Gray Panther movement was founded dn 
Philadelphia almost four years go by a group of 
aibout half a dozen people who were facing forced 
retirement at the age of sixty-five, most of them 
c'rom professional employment with the Presiby- 
ierian Church. Today, this coalition of militant 
jlder people and their younger compatriots (who 
are forming a network of small groups around 
the country I has become a formidable force for 
change in the image of the elderly and for their 
impact on society. 

The movement found its impetus among relig- 
ious people, and although its national office is 
housed in a Presbyterian church, it has remained 
formally outside the Institutional church, for 
reasons of greater flexibility. Gray Panther 
spokeswoman, Maggie Kuhn sees the empower- 
ment of the elderly as a part of the larger move- 
ment for liberation, justice and humanization. 
Gray Panthers captures the meaning of their 
movement: "What have you got to lose? The life 
you revive may be your own." 

Included in the platform plank of the Gray 
Panthers is a stand against compul'SOTy retire- 
ment, for the self-determination of the elderly, for 
pension reform, the re-direction of national 
priorities away from military spending and for 
'Spending to meet human needs, and a guaranteed 
[annual income plan. 

In the Philadelphia area the Gray Panthers are 
putting their convictions to work in the develop- 
ment of a new residence to house younger and 
older adults, which will be operated as a non-profit 
co-op by the residents and will contain social and 
commercial facilities as well as housing. They are 
also involved in lo'bbying, testifying and demon- 
strating on both national and local levels for leg- 
islative changes more favorable to the elderly, 
are involved in analyzing and critiqueing the health 
care situation and proposed plans for its reorgan- 
ization, are developing a data bank of commundty 
resources, are working in coalition with other 
groups on issues of public transportation, investi- 
gation of present services and programs for older 
persons, and are working on improving banking 
and credit services for older people. Maggie Kuhn 
was one of the principle advisors to the American 
Baptist Churches in its development of the Life- 
Cycle Project and has taken her case for the 
elderly to Congress and to the American public 
via the mass media. 

The Gray Panther group is an example of whart 
some retired citizens are doing to improve con- 
ditions for senior citizens. They can, and are, tak- 
ing an active part in shaping the present and the 
future for the rapidly expanding segment of our 
population over 65 years of age. 

He who would jjass the declining years of his 
life with honor and comfort should, when young, 
consider that he may one day become old and 
remember, when he is old, that he has once been 

— Addison 


Retire in Ashland — The Benevolent Board has 
two, two bedroom apartments available next to 
the Park Street Brethren Church and a half block 
from Ashland College. These are available on the 
"Life Use Plan" or regular lease. Call or write: 

The Benevolent Board 

625 Center Street 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 
Phone: (419) 325-3696 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

World Religious News 

in Review 



CAROL STREAM, 111. (EP)^A new Eastern 
region branch office of the Medical Assistance 
Programs and Missionary Services will be opened 
in Pennsauken, N.J., March 1. 

Charles N. Schroth wUl direct the new facUity 
for storing and repackaging medical supplies, nu- 
tritional supplements and new clothing, according 
to MAP/MSI President J. Raymond Knighton. 


NEW YORK (EP)— Oppression of Christians or 
Jews in the Soviet Union was either denied or 
questions about it avoided by top Soviet church- 
men visiting the U.S. 

Seven members of an 18-man ecumenical dele- 
gation from the USSR met the press at The Inter- 
church Center on the second morning after arriv- 
ing from Moscow for a three-week stay. 

The group was invited by the National Council 
of Churches as part of an exchange aimed at im- 
proving understanding between U.S. and Soviet 

All but two questions put to the visitors at the 
press conference concerned the pUght of religious 
minorities in the Soviet republics. Specific in- 
quiries were made about imprisoned Jews, a Bap- 
tist recently convicted in Kiev, and the situations 
of Lithuanian Catholics, Ukrainian Orthodox and 
Ukrainian Catholics. 

The closest to a concession that the theory and 
practice of Soviet democracy might not coincide 
came from Dr. A. M. Bychkov, general secretary 
of the All Union CouncU of Evangelical Christians- 

Dr. Byohkov, speaking through a translator, said 
there is always persecution except when aU the 
people of a society are "raised up to the holy 
church" or "when the church loses its sanctity and 
comes down to the level of the world." 

"We may not love the law but we rnust obey 
the law," he said, referring to a dissident Baptist 
group which refused to identify with the govern- 
ment-recognized AH Union Council and whose 
members are often in trouble with state 


WASHINGTON, D.C (EP)— The new president 
of National Religious Broadcasters is Abraham 
Van Der Puy, president of World Radio Missionary 
Fellowship, which operates the oldess Christian 
short-wave broadcasting station in the world, 
HCJB, in Quito, Ecuador. He succeeds Dr. Eugene 
Berterman, who served in the post for 18 years. 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— The use of fer- 
mented wines in the sacrament of communion 
unfairly exposes reformed alcoholics and other 
abstainers to an alcoholic beverage, cautions the 
National Temperance and Prohibition Council. 

Many church denominations have substituted 
"new wine" (grape juice) for this purpose, 
representatives note. 

The use of new wine, although of Uttle conse- 
quence in preventing alcohol addiction, is an 
immediate, oft-repeated and visible testimony 
against the dangers inherent in alcoholic bever- 
ages, the National Tempyerance and Prohibition 
Council advises. 


SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (EP) — The miniskirts, 
free-flowing alcohol and violence of America pro- 
vide for many foreign students enrolled in U.S. 
schools a profound cultural shock, educators 

"Young men from puritanical cultures (such as 
those characterizing some Muslim countries) often 
suffer cultural shock in these strange situations," 
says Nicholas C. Chriss of the San Antonio Daily 

He quoted one student from the Middle East 
as saying that when a scantUy-clad woman teacher 
entered the classroom he "couldn't concentrate 
and . . . wanted to walk out." 

A youthful Iranian student pilot arrived at 
Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio, placed 
his coat on his bed and returned a few moments 
later to find $120 missing. 

"It hapi)ens quite often to our people in this 
country," a Middle East haison officer commented. 


MIAMI (EP) — ^An appeal to ministers to stop 
being "embarrassed about the healing power of 
religion" was made here by Dr. Harvey Cox. 

Giving the medical profession a monopoly on 
healing is a major failing of organized (;niurches, 
the Harvard University professor told the annual 
Miami Clergy Institute. 

The author of such popular books as The Secular 
City also criticized institutional reUgion for 
abandoning "emotion" worship, which, he said, 
had been left to Jesus People, neo-Oriental cults 
and the Pentecostals. 

Even physicians are studying spiritual healing, 
Dr. Cox said, adding that churches should restore 
emphasis on healing ministries. 

He suggested that the clergy could learn about 
love and emotions from young people who have 
rejected middle-class, unemotional congregations. 

Ipril 19, 1975 

Page Twenty-seven 

IN U.S. DOWN BUT . . . 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— For the third year 
in a row, the rate of illegitimate toirths is down — 
a greater decline registered among blacks than 
among whites — according to the National Center 
for Health Statistics. 

However, that is only part of the story: Al- 
though the rate (measured by the number of 
births per 1,000 unmarried women) declined, the 
actual number of illegitimate births increased 
about 1 per cent in 1973, the most recent year for 
which there are records. The total was 473,300. 


j NEW YORK (EP)— The treasurer of the Luth- 
eran Churoh in America, who is also a vice 
president of Mobil Oil, does not think the U.S. 
will recover quickly from the current recession. 

"If returning to normal means returning to the 
low recession rate of the early 1960s, I doubt that 
will happen untU the end of the century," said 
L. IVIilton Woods. 

The U.S., he said, is gripped in a recession that 
is the "longest and deepest since World War II 
and no upturn (is) yet at hand." 

Mr. Woods was one of 15 chief fuicincial officers 
of U.S. and Canadian denominations who took 
part in a consultation here on the effects of in- 
flation and recession on various levels of the 


NORTHBROOK, lU. (EP) High school leaders 
in the U.S. have named Henry Kissinger, Jota F. 
Kennedy, and (3-olda Meir as the "top three" indi- 
viduals w(ho have made the greatest contribution 
to the world during their lifetime. 

John F. Kennedy, Henry Kissinger and Martin 
Luther King, Jr. were voted as the three individ- 
uals who made the greatest contributions to the 

The pool was part of the fifth annual national 
opinion survey ccaiducted by Who's Who Among 
High School Students of Northbrook. Included in 
the survey sample were 23,000 high school senio'rs 
and juniors who were among the 236,000 high 
achievers featured in the 1974 edition of Who's 


STOCKHOLM (EP) — Witnesses in Swedish 
courts no longer wiU have to swear on the Bible, 
if the proposal is accepted by the government, 
according to the national Lutheran Church. 

The old tradition will be replaced by a banding 
statement on "honor and conscience." 

The reason for the change is that "to a greait 
number of people the placing of the hand upon 
the Bible does not mean very much while those 
people who hold the Bible in honor feel they speak 
the truth and nothing but the truth anjrw-ay." 


MUSKEGON, Mich. (EP)— With the release of 
"He Restoreth My Soul," Gospeil Films, Inc., now 
has three movies dealing with the modem appli- 
cation of the truths of the beautiful "Shepherd's 

The newest film tells the true story of concert 
singer Merrill Womach of Spokane, whose lace 
and hands were burned away in the fire that fol- 
lowed the crash of his small plane. 

The other two films are: "In the Presence of 
Mine Enemies," and "Though I Walk Through 
the Valley" — all three the work of Mel White of 
Pasadena, Calif., pastor and seminary professor. 


SAN DIEGO (EP)— Protestant evangelicals are 
"spiritually ecumenical" but reject "structural 
ecumenism" because they believe it places the 
church ahead of Christ, a Fuller Theological Sem- 
inary professor told a group of Roman Cathohcs 
in San Diego. 

Dr. Arthus Glasser took part in a "denomina- 
tional day program for Roman Catholics" during 
the 1975 National Workshop on Christian Unity. 
His topic was evangelism and ecumenism. 

"Fifteen years ago not a few of my brethren 
would have frowned on one of their number par- 
ticipating in a dialogue of this sort," said Dr. 
Glasser, who is dean of the School of World Mis- 
sion at Fuller, an evangelical seminary in Pasa- 
dena, Calif. 

The segment of Protestantism that Dr. Glasser 
represents is generally non-conciUar; that is, it 
does not take part in the organized ecumenical 
movement as represented by the National and 
World Councils of Churches. 

Dr. Glasser said that "Conservative Evangelical" 
is the name given to his branch of Protestantism 
and that he and colleagues used the term although 
they do not like it, preferring instead the single 
word "evangelical." 

Speaking of dialogue between Catholics and 
evangelicals. Dr. Glasser praised Pope John XXIII 
as "the most wonderful Pope conservative Evan- 
gelicals ever had." 

"The decisions of the Second Vatican Council," 
he added, "were mind-boggling. They awakened 
us from a deep sleep!" 


NEW YORK (EP)— "Women of Faith" through- 
out American history wOl be featured in an inter- 
denominationally-sponsored series of radio pro- 
grams expected to begin this fall. 

The five-minute radio series will continue 
through the summer of 1976, spanning the Inter- 
national Women's Year designated by the United 
Nations and the U.S. Bicentennial. 

One of the women whose lives will be featured 
win be Mary Dyer, a Quaker martyr who took a 
strong stand for religious freedom in colonial 
Boston, knowing that it could lead to her death 
by hanging. 

Page Twenty-eigrht 

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Fasting:: They Question Its Effectiveness 


WAVERLY, Iowa (EP) — A consultation of 
farmers on world hunger said here that U.S. 
farmers are willing to help feed the needy but 
tihat the added costs of producing excess food must 
be borne by all citizens. 

The consultation, convened here by The Ameri- 
can Lutheran Church and Wartburg CoUege, was 
attended by 130 farmers from 13 states and a num- 
ber of church leaders, specialists in agriculture, 
and college students. 

While advocating gradual changes in American 
eating habits, the farmers were critical of the 
current emphasis being placed on fasting and 
eliminating meat as a means of alleviating the 
world hunger crisis. 

"We believe fasting is useful for raising a con- 
sciousness of hunger among many and may help 
us to identify in a modest way with the hungry," 
the consultation said in a statement. "But we 
question whether any saving in food actually gets 
to hungry people as a result of fasting — it is cer- 
tainly not an automatic transfer." 


CHICAGO (EP)— Authors Joseph Bayly, James 
Johnson, and James and Myma Grant wiU lead 
the June 9-20 "Write to Publish Workshop" spon- 
sored for the fourth year by Moody Bible 

The workshop, part of MBI's summer studies 
program June 2 - July 11 this year, is designed 
specifically lor writers with completed or in- 
progress manuscripts. Les Stobbe, editor-in-chief 
of Moody Press and Jerry Jenkins, Moody Montly 
managing editor, will lead a team of editors wlio 
will work individually with the workslhop 

Other 1975 MBI Communications Department 
courses include: "Introduction to Photography," 
"Developing an Audiovisual Program," and "Radio 
Production and Direction." 


WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)— The rector of I 
Moscow's Russian Orthodox Epiphany Cathedral 
said in the capital that Orthodox Christians in the 
Soviet Union are today "striving to be more faith- 
ful to Christ" than was the case before the church 
lost its official power. 

Protopresbyter Vitaly Borovoy preached 
English following a vesper service at Washington 
(Episcopall) Cathedral. He was one of 18 Soviet 
churchmen visiting the U.S. at the invitation of i 
the National Council of Churches. 


TAPAGHULA, Mex. (EP)— First Baptist Church 
here claims what may be a world's record — 10,000 < 
in Vacation Bible School for 1974. 

"That's right. Our church enrolled 10,000 chil- i 
dren in VBS in 1974," Joel Panama Oritz, the pas- 
tor of First Baptist told Arnie Washburn Mc- 
Williams in an interview for the Baptist Record' 
of Mississippi. 

The article noted that the 500-member church I 
last summer sponsored 53 VBS sessions. Schools i 
were held in homes with morning, afternoon and 
night shifts for six weeks. Some afternoon and 
evening schools had departments for young peo- 
ple and adults. 


BOSTON (EP) — The Massachusetts Senate i 
adopted a resolution 20-9 calling on Congress to^ 
enact legislation which would amend the U.S. i 
Constitution to give the unborn a "bill of rights" 
from the moment of conception. The resolution i 
is an expression of the sentiment of the senators 
and carries no legal implementation. Submitted 
by Sen. Joseph B. Walsh of Boston, the measure 
asked Congress to present to the states a proposed 
constitutional amendment declaring that "all men 
are conceived and bom free and equal and have 
certain natural, essential and inalienable rights. . ." 


NEW YORK (EP)— The tradition of marriage 
is "in" again with young people of America, ac- 
cording to Redbook Magazine. 

"After a decade of decline, attributed to growing 
feminism and increased sexual freedom . . . 
marriage is enjoying renewed popularity," the 
mazazine noted. 

Living together without wedding vows, increas- 
ingly common in our society, is definitely out, 
declares the popular journal. 

"Thousands of couples ... of all ages, races, 
religion and social and economic strata . . . who 
a few years ago scorned the idea of marriage are 
marrying today legally and with ritual', Redbook 
stated in its February issue. "Even experienced 
marriage counselors are amazed to discover the 
renewed impulse to marry because they had ex- 
pected the living-together trend of the past years 
(from 1960 to 1970) to contmue." 


MOUNT HERMON, Calif. (EP)— For the sixth 
year, the Mount Herman Association will open its 
scenic Northern California conference grounds to 
Christian writers, March 24-29. 

A faculty of 10 writers, photographers and col- 
lege professors, besides representatives of book 
publislhers, will instruct the several hiindred ex- 
pected to enroll. 

The faculty includes Joseph T. Bayly, David 
C. Cook Co.; Dick Bohrer, Multnomah School of 
the Bible; Dr. Elva McAUaster, Greenville College; 
Norman Rohrer, Evangelical Press Association; 
and free lance writers Margaret Anderson, Tom 
Frederick, Alice Montin, and Lee Roddy. 

Gary Wall, Mount Hermon's Director of Infor- 
mational Services, is host for the week and direc- 
tor of seminars on "Journalistic Writing." 

April 19, 1975 

Page Twenty-nine 




WHEATON, HI. — Eight and a hall weeks of 
revival meetings In one community may be some 
kind of record, but for evangelicals who got to- 
gether in Pekin, Illinois, it has meant a starting 
point which wiU affect witness in the community 
for years. 

The Sutera twins, most often remembered in 
connection with the "Saskatoon Revivial" which 
swept through many Canadian churches in 1971- 
72, originally were scheduled for a one-church 
crusade in Pekin, a town of 30,000 just south of 
Peoria, at the Bible CSiurch, January 8-19. The 
crowds grew from 250 to 450, and the meetings 
were extended. 

On Saturday, Feb. 1, Pastor Al Kurz of the 
First Baptist Church (OBA) extended 'the invita- 
tion to continue the crusade in his larger facil- 
ities. The invitation was accepted by Bible Church 
Pastor Harold Pofhoven. First Baptist then can- 
celed their 125th Anniversary Banquet, among 
other activities, and revival meetings continued. 

Crowds grew to as .many as 1,000 per night. 
With no let-up in sight, the Suteras canceled cru- 
sades in Canada which had been scheduled for 
two years, and the fire spread. Al Kurz reports, 
"As many as eight dhurches in the area canceled 
all meetings except their Sunday morning services 
to encourage their people to attend." 

Teams of lay people from the Bible Ohuroh and 
First Baptist have visited other churches in the 
area sharing what the Lord is doing in their lives. 
Couples headed for divorce, relatives who hadn't 
spoken for years, the unchurched, the alienated, 
the bored, and the disinterested pew sitter — all 
have been affected. "Almost every family in my 
church has 'been touohed in some way," says Kurz. 

Although there were many first-time commit- 
ments, the large majority of those crowding the 
prayer room each night are "getting right With the 
Lord," says Pastor Pothoven. 

"WUl it last?" is the question most often asked 
the Suteras. Ralph Sutera amswered with a ques- 
tion, "Is revival a priority in our lives? As people 
hunger for more of the Lard's best for them in 
the home, at work, in the ohurdh — it cam only iget 
'gooder and gooder.' " 

After three and a half years, Canadian churches 
stUl report a continuing revival, according to 
brother Lou Sutera. "Church machinery has to 

stop for revival," he says. "If it gets going again 
on the same basis as before — ^business as usual — 
true revival has stopped." 

And for evangelicals in and around Pekin, some 
working together for the first time in joint effort, 
it doesn't look like church wiU ever be the same. 


WHEATON, lU. — At a time when most mainline 
denominations are reporting losses in member- 
ship nationally other more conservative denorn- 
inations recorded significant gains, according to a 
report in the sjyring issue of United Evangelical 

Executive heads of six representative denom- 
inations of the National Association of Evangel- 
icals announced membership gains of from 3.5% 
to 377c during last year. 

In commenting on the reasons listed by the 
leaders for growth trends within their denom- 
inations, a concensus could be summed up as a 
person-centered ministry or increased laity par- 
ticipation in evangelism outreach, according to 
ACTION editor Tom Johnston. 

"Our fastest growing churches are succeeding 
because of an ambitious pastor and aggressive lay- 
men who make regular contacts in new homes, 
etc.," stated Dr. Myron F. Boyd, bishop. Free 
Methodist Church. "We are promoting seminars, 
retreats, small groups, Bible studies in non 
Christian homes, radio and TV evangelism, and 
many other means to fulfill the Great Co-mmission 
They are pvaying off in both numerical and spirit 
ual growth." 

United Evangelical ACTION is the official publi- 
cation of the National Association of Evangelicals 


WHEATON, ni.— In the wake of reports of 
increasing harrassment and arrest of Christians 
in the Soviet Union, the president of the National 
Association of Evangelicals wrote to Leonid 
Brezhnev, appealing for just and fair treatment of 
Christians in his nation. 

"It is of great importance to us," the letter 
stated, "as we hear of feUow-believers being put 
on trial, apparently because of their faith." 

Pointing out that the Russian constitution pro- 
vides for religious freedom, Dr. Paul E. Toms, 
pastor of Park Street Church, Boston, called on 
the Soviet leader to uphold the rights of Christians 
in Russia. 

"Evangelical Christiains in America are deeply 
concerned" for the plight and conditions of fellow- 
Christians, TOims asserted, "and we do earnestly 
plead for the observation of these rights on their 

In a previous resolution, the voting members 
of NAE had affirmed their "moral and human- 
itarian concern" over the plight of Jews and 
"other deprived religious groups" in the Soviet 
Union. The National Association of Evangelicals 
is a voliuitary organization whose membership 
represents some 60 denominational affiliations. 

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If you never make a mlsitake, you may live and 
die without anyone ever noticing you. 

(from L/Ouisville Bretiiren Newsletter) 

Opportunity knocks only once? 

Don't kid yourself — Opportunity doesn't knock 
at aU\ 

You must understand the sig-ns on life's doors 
and walk right in. 

LeTourneau Now 

Are you faced with the problem of having to 
make tough decisions in your particular vocation 
or occupation? Don't fret about it. If they were 
easy decisions someone with less ability would 
possibly 'be doing your job. 

There is only one place in which success coones 
before work. 
And that is in the dictionary. 

LeTourneau Now 

A lie travels round the world while Truth is 
putting on her boots. 

Charles H. Spurgeon 

I have been driven many times to my knees by 
the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere 
else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about 
me, seemed insufficient for the day. 

Abraham Lincoln 

Maybe only a handful of our forefathers came 
over on the Mayflower but we're all in ithe same 
boat now. 

No one ever graduates from Bible study until 
he meets its Author face to face! 

Everett T. Harris 


Skiing may tum out to be the most patriotic 
spoirt in lOur country yet. The color coim'bination 
is riglht for it. A red Ski suit, the white snow and 
Blue Cross. 

By the time you get old enough not to care what 
people say about you, nobody says anything 
about you. 

A customer had complained about the freshness 
of the bakery's bread. 

"I was making bread before you were bom," 
shouted the .indignant baker. 

"Maybe so," said the customer, "but why sell 
it now?" 

Teacher: Johnny, name two pronouns. 
Johnny: Who, me? 
Teacher: Right. 

"How'd you get mixed up with such a loser 
for a husband?" asked one woman of another 
over coffee. 

"I don't know," her friend replied. "I was on 
vacation looking for a husband, and he was the 
last resort." ■ 

"Hello, is this the Better Business Bureau?" 

"Well, could you rush down here and make ours 
a Mttle better?" 

Professor: What is the famine of bachelor? 
Student: Er, uh . . . lady-in-waiting? 

College freshman: "Say, what's the idea of 
wearing my raincoat?" 

Roommate: "You wouldn't want yO'Ur good suit 
to get wet, would you?" 

"You say this guy is crooked?" 
"Croaked? He's so dishonest that even -the wool 
he pulls over your eyes is half cotton." 

.iprU 19, 1975 


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WOODSY OWL,, the anti-poUution spokesbird for 
the U.S. Forest Service says: 

Dispose of excess pesticides and their container 
according to instructions on the label. 

We can be thankful to a friend for a few acres 
or a little money; and yet for the freedom and 
comimand of the whole earth, or for the great 
benefits of our being, our life, health and reason, 
we look upooti ourselves as under no obligation. 

— Seneca 




We just can't depend on ttie other guy to l<eep our 
outdoors beautiful. It's up to eacti and every one of 
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by Doris Coffin Aldrich 


Inspirational for June 


Conclusion of "Diary of Despair" 




Program for June 



by William Walk 







The editorial in the April 19th issue of THE 
BRETHREN EVANGELIST quoted portions of 
an article from The Evangelical Press Association 
entitled: "The Beast". This article carried a para- 
graph which incorrectly named MOODY MONTH- 
LY as its source. 

Information received from EP News Service'! 
revealed that "it seems that a fictionalized tabloid 
prepared by Dave Wilkerson pretending to report j 
on events occurring after the rapture of the; 
Church has been picked up by some as true re- 
porting instead of fictionalized material and 
worked into a variety of alarming reports, includ- 
ing that which was submitted to EP by a lay* 
Bible Scholar." 

"MOODY MONTHLY wishes to cut the link to 
Dr. James' article and EP News Service regrets 
the attribution." Your editor also wishes to apolo-i 
gize for having been caught unawares with per- ■ 
haps others and having become innocently en- 
tangled somewhat in the web of this particular 

I trust that the rest of the article was authentic, 
nevertheless, fact or fiction, the issue still remains 
that the element of time perhaps being short and 
on the verge of running out is of utmost import- 
ance from our viewpoint. 

ay 3, 1975 

Page Three 


By Ihe Way 



Mommie yanked at the shoe lace, and it broke 
her hand. Suddenly she hated everything; these 
)ld worn-out shoes of Becky's, the little gray rolls 
tf dust along the stair treads, the endless dishes, 
lie daily washing, the sense of confusion, every- 
)ody wanting something at once. 

'it's just too much," she thought, blinking back 
-he tears of exasperation while tying the lace 
:ogether. "Other people's children have little 
oatent-leather silippers for Sunday School and not 
ihese old brown things. Becky would look so sweet 
n them." 

"And other people have houses that stay clean 
Detter. They can go to luncheons and meetings 
ind shopping," she told herself, remembering the 
lay after day at home. 

She hurried to get the Sunday breakfast on, 
neasuring out the mush with practiced hand. 
Around and around from stove to cupboard to 
sink. And in and out from kitchen to table. 

She was reminded of the story of the little blind 
lonkey who went 'round and 'round while the 
i;reat stones of the temple were hoisted into place, 
[n time people came and marvelled at the mag- 
nificent edifice, but no one remembered the little 
donkey, who, following his daily round, raised 
the blocks one upon another. 

It comforted her not a whit. "I don't want to be 
a. donkey," she told herself flatly. "I want to have 
a day all uncluttered just for once." 

The table was set; the mush turned down to 
'warm"; the bread was laid on the rack waiting 
for the 'broiler, and the coffee was ready to perik. 

Mommie ran upstairs to hurry the children 
'along. "And here I'd love to teach a Sunday School 
class or lead a group or something. AU I do is 
just these same old things." 

She thought of piUowcases full of ironing; the 
carton labelled "Things to be mended," which only 
grew more fuU — never less. And the piles of 
eveything everywhere to be put away. . . . 

"Everyone has a 'baekside-of-the-desert' experi- 
ence," she was reminded, thinking of Moses. 
"Someday you'U be free . . . too free, perhaps." 
Peevishly she answered herself, "That may be 
true. But a person igets tired of so much desert 
aU of the time." 

"Have I got a clean shirt, honey?" called 

"It's right there in front of you, hanging over 
the back of the chair," Mommie answered, won- 
dering at the blindness of men. 

She ran downstairs and dished up nine bowls 
of mush. The bottle was warm, and Jane took it 
up to Taddie, wailing in his crib. 

"Other wamen go to church and Sunday School 
every Sunday," she told herself. . . . "Now get 
that pjilish on better than that, Jon, And where 
is Joe, and why hasn't he finished his shoes? 
Becky, you and 'Net' run right on out of here! 
Mommie's in too much of a hurry." 

She pushed away the thought of Taddie's fuzzy 
little head snuggled close to her shoulder; the 
sight of the four little ones all in the tub at once. 
"Yes, they are sweet," she knew. "But this weari- 
ness, this sense of being driven." 

And then they sat down to breakfast. Daddy 
read about the alabaster box of precious ointment 
freely poured forth for love of Christ (John 12:31. 
It was Mary's greatest treasure, but she loved Him 
out of a heart of thankfulness. 

The pent-up resentment broke; the sense of 
weariness dissappeared. The fresh realization of 
His love and of His understanding seemed more 
than Mommie could bear. She closed her eyes, 
hiding the tears, lest the children ask, "What's 
the matter, Mommie?" 

"For love of Him . . . for love of Him," she 
told herself. And the little gray donkey seemed 
to have a glory about him ; the desert 'bloomed with 
beauty and with sweetness. 

From — "Musings of a Mother" 
by Doris Coffin Aldrich 
Used by permission of 
Moody Press 


If they leam nothing else, I want my boys to 
learn to be thoughtful to their mother — not just 
to love her, that's easy — 'but to think about spar- 
ing her. Too many boys grow up to think of 
mother as somebody to wait on them, an attitude 
that probably carries over When they eventually 

Rex Gogerty, 

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The Brethren Evangelist 


Beginnings in Visakhapatnam area 

The Visakhapatnam area of the Brethren Mis- 
sion was inaugurated February 8 at 5:30 P.M. at 
the Mission House, Madhuranagar, by Mr. S. 
Suryanarayana Raju, Minister of endowments and 
also Dr. M. R. Deen, M.L.A., presided. Reverend 
K. Prasantha Kumar gave an introduction of 
Brethren Missions in India. 

Mr. Virgil Ingraham, General Secretary of the 
Missionary Board of The Brethren Church said 
that the mission would serve the suffering hu- 
manity through its health education and adult edu- 
cation programs, relief works, feeding the poor 
and aiding poor students. 

Reverend K. Prasantha Ktmiar, National 

Director, Brethren Mission in India 

introducing the Brethren Mission work 

to people of Visakhapatnam. 

Crowded, tent with Hindiis, MiisUms and 
Christians at inauguration ceremonies 

Mr. K. Vijaya Kumar is the Area Director of 
the mission and received the guests. 

The Minister said there should be no politics 
in the organization as political interference would 
ruin religious organizations and institutions. Mr. 
B. V. S. Patrudu, Mr. K. Prasantha Kumar, Na- 
tional Director of the mission spoke. 

It was the first time In Vizag that Christians, 
Hindus and Muslims sat on the same platform 
in a Christian meeting. 

There were about 350-400 people attending the 
function. Many came by personal invitation and a 
large number of Christian leaders in Vizag attend- 
ed. Picture calendars depicting Jesus Christ were 

Hay 3, 1975 

Page Five 

Plan of Advancement in Argentina 

In 1975 The Breth7-en Church in Argen- 
lina is launching a new Church Groivth plan, 
'hree of the most experienced pastors are 
^.earing established churches and re-locating 
n )iew towns to begin outreach to establish 
.leiv churches. The Council of Elders pre- 
sented this plan at the Argentine church's 
Pastors Conference proposing advancement 
')> tluee different parts of the country this 
'ie<n\ They call this a Plan of Advancement 
vnd the National Coordinator for the project 
'i-(/x elected from among the well-experienced 
t)usfors. Pastor Juan Arregin was elected and 
<viU be the National Coordinator for two 

Juan Arregin, National Coordinator 
for Church Growth plan 

Excerpt from Testigo Fiel by Juan Arreg"in 

. You already know about the plans for the com- 
mng year, and we are included to carry out a large 
Iresponsibility. We are praying that the Lord WiU 
"give us the capacity throuigh the power O'f His 
spirit wor'king in full liberty among us; that is, 
|that the Holy Spirit will fill and controi our lives. 
For some time now we have been praying that the 
Lord would indicate what He would have us to do, 
because we believe that our ministry was finishing 
here and if this is what He was indicating to after- 
ward begin missionary work wherever He would 
say, Praise the Lord! 

The church here, isn't all that we would desire, 
but there is a group of Brethren who are working, 

giving of their testimony in all places. That is, they 
are concerned with sowing the seed eveywhere 
and although we don't always see the results as 
we would hope, we wait for the Lord to work in 
the hearts and give His fruit in His time. I con- 
tinue having the radio program each day; that is, 
Monday through Saturday in the morning and 
Sunday at night and these programs carry the 
Word to all the city's population and at all levels 
since it is listened to in the homes, shops, factories, 
offices, stores, the clinic and doctors' offices, hos- 
pital, the nursing home and schools. We could say 
that God has given us a general audience and the 
results we leave in His hands. 


Translated from the February, 1975 "Testigo Fiel", 

official magazine of The Brethren Church 

in Argentina. 

More or less we all went to Soldlni desiring to 
hear messages that would revive our faith and 
renew our lives. However, it is doubtful that any- 
one had calculated that this conference would toe 
at such a high spiritual level. In spite of our- 
selves, of the slowness of some to take part and 
of the last minute proWems, God poured an 
unimagined portion of blessing over all of those in 

The central speaker of the conference, David 
Sommerville, was sent by the Lord bringing mes- 
sages and comments according to the needs of our 
churches. Each day we had a spiriutal feast and 
at the same time we were obligted to renew our 
lives before the Lord, to 'know that it is of God or 

Satan and that there is no intermediate position. 
He who says he is a Christian must demonstrate 
it through his own life. 

The participation by the Brethren who were 
visiting us from the United States (Ed. Note: the 
Laymen's Work and Worship Tour) put the final 
touch to the conference. Althouigh the language 
problem did not permit us to oomimunicate freely, 
their interest and love overflowed in such a way 
that it was easy to feel the brotherhood in Christ. 

The messages which we heard have left their 
imprint on us. The results of the conference: con- 
versions, dedications to the Lord and a committee 
of laymen to assist the churches. 

Fage Six 

The Brethren Evangelist 


The ever growing mission outreacii overseas 
calls for a stronger home mission base. We must 
grow, we must have more churches and more 
Brethren to work for and nourish our world mis- 
sion fields. 

We DO have a NEW church at FT. WAYNE, 
INDIANA! We have a fine growing work and 
increasing membership there. This Ft. Wayne, 
Indiana Church has re-located and taken a new 
name — no longer to be known as Crestwood Breth- 
ren Church. The Ten Dollar Club Call, Number 
37 for the period January through June, 1975 has 
been designated for Meadow Crest Brethren 
Church. We might say that this is both a second 
call and a re-location call. 

Exterior of Meadow Crest 
Brethren Church 

The Ft. Wayne Church became more than a 
dream in 1968 when the first group of Brethren 
met in the home of Richard Troup. As they grew, 
they found meeting space in a Mall Auditorium on 
the north edge of Fort Wayne. Later they pur- 
chased a seven-year old house for church and 
Sunday school facilities. It wasn't long until they 
outgrew the cramped quarters and began looking 
for a new location. 

The Indiana District and the Ft. Wayne congrega- 
tion have purchased a seven acre site with church 
and parsonage in St. Joe Township, the fastest 
growing in the State of Indiana and seventh fast- 
est in the nation. They are located at 8840 St. Joe 
Road and now are called the Meadow Crest 
Brethren Church. 

The Ten Dollar Club continues to be a fine help- 
ing hand to home mission churches in the be- 
ginning stage and to date has been helpful in 
establishing 18 new churches within the denom- 
ination and assisted seven with a second call and 
eight churches in re-location. Let us stand behind 
church extension with our continued support to 
the Ten Dollar Club!! 

Interior of church at time of purchase 

If you are not a member of the Ten DoUar 
Club and would be interested in helping our denom- 
ination grow through building new congregations 
across the States, just send your initial ten dollars 
to the Missionary Board of The Brethren Church, 
530 College Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805 and let 
us know that you are interested in becoming a 
member. You will receive notices each time a new 
church is designated for a CaU, never having more 
than two calls per year. You are only obligated to 
pay as you have the means and feel the obligation 
to assist younger churches stand on their feet. 
Some churches have initiated plans to promote 
the Ten Dollar Club program in their local con- 
gregation. Including receiving and transmitting 
payments and follow-up. Others have delegated a 
committee with responsibility for increasing mem- 
bership and participation in each call. We badly 
need more members as building costs continue to 
increase; we can each have a little portion in 
building these new churches! ! 

Interior with Ft. Wayne congregation 

May 3, 1975 

Page Seven 


f It all started almost ten years ago when the 
' Missionary Board delegated board members to 
study the Florida area for locating an additional 
(or third church i in the State of Florida. The place 
was picked — Golden Gate near Naples, Florida. It 
is a planned city and we were able to secure one 
I of the allotted church sites which looked most 

Unfortunately, the projected growth of Golden 
I Gate was not realized, due to various stages of 
re-development and delays. While waiting for 
developments at Golden Gate, we actually had a 
body of people in Bradenton interested in starting 
a Brethren Church. Therefore, we felt led by the 
Lord to re-focus our interest in this area of Florida, 
and contemplated transferring our resources to 
Bradenton from Golden Gate, (Naples) Florida. 
When the Naples property was sold, we felt this 

was the leading of the Lord then to divert our 
home mission facilities to Bradenton. Therefore, 
the funds received for the Naples Ten Dollar 
Club Call were transferred to Bradenton, Florida 
as their second Call. 

Members of the Church Growth Commission of 
the Missionary Board were all in Florida on vaca- 
tion or business earlier this year and worked on 
the revision of Guidelines for pastors of home 
mission churches and their church reporting. At 
that time the men met at the Bradenton property 
church site and in prayer dedicated the ground 
to the Lord's work. 

Sign at Bradenton Brethren Church Site 

Dedication prayer at Bradeyiton site. Left 

to right: Woodrow Immel, President of 

the Missionary Board, Donald Roivser, 

Arden Gilmer, C. A. Stewart, Russell 

Gordon and J. D. Hamel. Photo by 

J. D. Rowsey also with g^-ouj). 



P Diagnosing — Designing — Doing 

Five-year-old Cindy and I were looking at a 
picture of The Last Supper sho-wing Jesus wash- 
ing the disciples' feet. 

"What is Jesus doing?" I asked. Cindy looked 
blank. Of course, this is not a usual scene in to- 
day's world. 

"Show me the pitcher, Cindy," I directed. All I 
saw in response was a confused stare. "Show me 
the pitcher," I repeated. 

Slowly she looked over at the taJble beside us 
and picked up a miscellaneous picture. She didn't 
know the word "pitcher." How much we take for 
granted when we work with preschoolers. 

"Oh," I said. "I see what's the problem. Come 
with me." 

Then I led her to the kitchen where we found 
3 pitchers. Letting her choose one, I suggested that 
she fill it with water. Then I found a basin and 
had her make several trips to the kitchen to fill 
the pitcher with water, empty it into the basin, 
and return for more. When she had the basin over 

half full, we asked Bonnie to get us a towel and 
I washed Cindy's feet — just as Jesus had done 
for his disciples on that last night with them be- 
fore the Crucifixion. 

After I had washed Cindy's feet, she in turn 
washed her sister's feet. Then her sister washed 
Karen's feet. 

At the close of the hour when we were review- 
ing our morning in worship, I asked the question, 
"What did Jesus do during Holy Week?" 

"Washed their feet," came the quick reply from 
Karen, only a four-year-old. 

We learn what we do, and many times we need 
to experience soimething in order to cement a con- 
cept. Now Cindy knows the diJiference between a 
pitcher and a picture, even though she pronounces 
both the same. And now several of our younig ones 
better understand Jesus' actions in the Upper 
Room that night. 

FIRST came diagnosing the problem (isolat- 
ing a particular need ) ; THEN designing a 
remedy (prescription); and FINALLY the 
doing of it (involvement). 

— Jean 

Pag:e Eight 

The Brethren Evangelist 




Inspirational for June 

James 2:14-26 

Just what do we mean by the "faith that saves"? 
Some folks say that you are saved by faith, period! 
But I believe that we need to describe or define 
the kind of faith that brings salvation. This is 
what James is telling us aJbout in the last heilf of 
the second chapter. 

This particular portion of the book of James 
has caused much controversy down the 
years. Martin Luther did not think too much of 
it, because he thought that it contradicted his 
favorite doctrine of salvation by grace through 
faith apart from works. However, I think that if 
we look at the thoughts set forth in this entire 
passage, and don't take one or two particular 
verses out of context, we can come to the con- 
clusion that there is no contradiction between 
Jame's writings here and Paul's writings con- 
cerning salvation. I am referring especially to 
Ephesians 2:8, 9, where Paul writes, "For by grace 
are ye saved through faith; and that not of your- 
selves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any 
man should boast". 

Paul only denies works as the root of salvation. 
He is not writing about Christian conduct as such, 
but about the way to become a Christian. On the 
other hand, James is not denying faith as the 
way of salvation, but he stresses that works wili 
issue from a faith that is genuine. Paul also 
assigns an important place to works as the out- 
come of salvation in such passages as Titus 1:16; 
3:8; and I Timothy 6:18. D. A. Hayes writes in 
"The International Standard Bible EncyclO'j)edia" : 

"Paul is looking at the root; James is looking 
at the fruit. Paul is talking about the beginning 
of the Christian life; James is talking about its 
continuance and consummation. With Paul, the 
works he renounces precede faith and are dead 
works. With James, the faith he denounces is 
apart from works and is dead faith". I believe that 
this quotation from Mr. Hayes gives a good com- 
parison of the two writers. 

So you see, there is really no contradiction aibout 
how we are saved. James implies plainly that we 
are not saved by the kind of faith that doesn't 
produce good works, but he still makes it clear 
that salvation is by faith, or by believing, (v. 23) 
In Ephesians 2:10, Paul writes that God wants 
good works to follow our being saved. 


by J. Perry Dee+er 

What are some of these good deeds, or good 
works, to which we are referring? I'm sure that 
you can think of, or mention, many examples. 
Let's not limit our thinking only to "spiritual" 
activities such as church attendance, Bible read- 
ing, praying, working in the church, and the like. 
These are aU necessary good works, but there are 
many common, every day things that we can do 
in performing good deeds. Some examples of 
these are: visiting the sick and lonely, being kind 
and helpful wherever there is a need, being honest 
and trustworthy, paying our bUls, controlling our 
temper and our tongue, and many other things 
that might come to your mind. 

Now I am sure that we all know people who are 
"good" and do many of the good works mentioned | 
above. They may be kind, generous, and good 
neighbors who would give you the "shirt off their i| 
back", but they do not even profess to have faith 
in Jesus Christ. Some would insist that such peo- 
ple, no matter what their beliefs, or lack of them, 
are acceptable to God. This simply is not true. 
To be acceptable to God (to be saved), one must I 
accept Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, by t 
faith, and commit his life to Him. "Our righteous- 
nesses are as filthy rags". (Isaiah 64:6) 

In verses 15-17, James gives us an example of 
the kind of faith that is dead. Here he tells us 
that if we know of someone who is in need of 
food and clothing, and all we do is say to this 
person, "Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay 
warm and eat hearty," and then don't give him 
clothes or food, what good does that do? (The 
Living Bible) If we are genuine Christians, who 
have the kind of faith that saves, we will do more 
than just wish someone well; we wUl do whatever 
is necessary to help that person. 

A person who has trusted Christ as 'his personal 
Sin-bearer becomes, through that trust, a mem- 
ber of God's family. The Holy Spirit comes to live 
in that person's heart. The Spirit's presence there 
creates in the believer the desire to do good works, 
not in order to be saved, but because he has been 
saved and now wants to abide by God's will, which 
includes right living and loving concern for his 
fellow man. 

This is one difference between a Christian and 
a merely religious person. The Holy Spirit dwell- 
ing in the Christian causes him to want to do 
what he migiht otherwise feel 'that he ought to do. 
The Christian performs good deeds 'because he 
wants to please God, while the righteous person 
does good because he thinks he ought to, or be- 
cause he thinks that by so doing, he can earn 
acceptance with God. 

Salvation is to be had only through faith, and 
good deeds have nothing to do with one's becom- 

May 3, 1975 

Page Nine 

ing a Christian. Unfortunately, some people abuse 
this fact. They figure that since salvation is theirs 
by faith, their conduct does not matter, and they 
may do as 'they please. They feel that they are 
sure of heaven because they '"beUeve" the right 
doctrines. But James says in verse 18, "Show me 
your faith without the works, and I will show 
you my faitih by my works". Merely saying that 
;one has faith is not very convincing. One's deeds 
or works must confirm his words. These good 
deeds, if not performed in an effort to earn salva- 
tion, then become valid evidence of genuine faith, 
or the faith that saves. 

If a person's "faith" is only intellectual belief, 
consisting only in his beUeving the facts of the 
Gospel record, it is not apt to have much effect 
on how that person acts. It must go beyond merely 
believing. It must be a personal commitment of 
one's life to Christ. Most automobile drivers be- 
lieve in careful driving, yet many people are in- 
volved in accidents because of their careless driv- 
ing. But after a driver has been involved in several 
accidents, or has been arrested for driving vio- 
lations and is in danger of losing his driver's 
license or 'his insurance, then his beUef in careful 
driving will become more meaningful. It wUl cause 
him to exercise extreme caution whenever he 

j James emphasizes in verse 19 'that "only beUev- 
jing" is not enough. He says that even the devils 
believe, but they tremble. Why do they tremble? 
Simply because ;they know that they wUl not 
escape judgment, because they merely acknow- 
ledge God's truths. They know that they are lost 
;because they have not responded to these truths 
by putting their personal trust in this "belief". 

What does tihe absence of good works indicate 

in the person who professes to be a Christian but 
displays no evidence of it? It may be that this per- 
son is a backslider — a Christian out of fellowship 
with God. He is not letting the Holy Spirit work 
in and through him. Another condition could be 
that this person is not truly saved, has not had a 
born again experience, never really having received 
Christ as his Savior. When a person's relationship 
with God is what it should be, the good works 
wDl come naturally, not by self-effort. 

James gives us two Old Testament examples of 
living faith in verses 21-26. He refers to the episode 
in Abraham's life Which is recorded in Genesis 22. 
Because of his great faith, Abraham O'beyed God's 
command to take his only son, Isaac, up to a 
mountaintop, to sacrifice him on the altar. God 
was not testing Abraham's faith, for He knew 
in advance what Abraham would do. Of course, 
God did not let Abraham sacrifice Isaac. The fact 
that he was willing to make this supreme sacrifice 
demonstrated how co-mpletely he trusted God. His 
faith was made perfect, (v. 22) Abraham's works 
justified him, but only because they were prompt- 
ed by faith. 

Likewise, Rahab was justified by works, when 
she showed her faith by helping the IsraeUte spies. 
Her actions, or works, justified her in the eyes of 
men and demonstrated that her faith was not a 
mere verbal profession. 

In closing this study from the seco-nd chapter 
of James, let each one of us ask ourselves the 
following question: "If I were arrested for be'ing 
a Christian, would there be enough evidence to 
convict me"? If we truly have the "faith that 
saves", then the works that come naturally as a 
result of this living faith, shoiild be evidence 
aplenty to convict us in amy court in 'the land. 


During the time of the Work and Worsihip 
Tour in Argentina, Jim Payne, President of the 
National Laymen's Organization met with the 
lay people and the Argentine Church has now 
established a Laymen's Organization. 

/^m Payne, President of The National 
Layman's Organization of The Brethren 
Church assisted by Jtian Carlos Miranda 
as interpreter is shoivn addressing laymen 
and boys in Argentina describing the activ- 
ities of the laymen in the United States arid 
presenting a challenge to be "laymen of 
obedience" as Joseph in the New Testament. 

Folloiving this assembly the Argentina 
Laymen organized a group of their otvn offi- 
cially and made preliminary plans for future 
planning of projects. 

Officers of the Argentine Laymen's Organ- 
ization are : Carlos Ruescas, President; Paul 
Moreno, Vice President; Christibal Kein- 
luald. Treasurer; Bill Winters, Secretary; 
Jose Oscar Rivero, Assistant Secretary. 

Photograph depicts scene on lawn at Eden 

Bible Institute during the 1975 

February Spiritual Conference. 

Page Ten 

The Brethren Evangelist 


by Phil Lersch, Chairman? 
Brethren World Relief Board. 


(Part 5 of 5) 


{During Christmas vacation in 1973 John 
Holmstrom and Bill Baker of the Ford Motor 
Co. traveled to Upper Volta and Niger, two 
African countries caught in the grip of a six- 
year-long drought. The purpose was to make 
a film depicting tragic consequences — hun- 
ger, malnutrition, starvation — of the unpre- 
cedented dry spell. 

The film ivas u^ed by the World Relief 
Commission to produce the movie shown at 
General Conference last year — "Africa: 
Dry Edge of Disaster." It is still available 
for showing in local Brethren Churches at 
no charge. Write: World Relief Commission, 
Box UU, Valley Forge, Pa. 19481. Following 
is part 5 of Mr. Holstrom's diary. 1 

December 31, 1973 

We return to Lazaret to film the milk distribu- 
tion by the Swiss Red Cross. Two French women 
and an African man supervise. The man calls out 
the name of each tribal chief and he is resiponslbJe 
for getting 'the children lined up and ready for 
their turn. 

The children form two lines in front oif the tent. 
Further away, groups of children cluster in the 
dust waiting their turn. A variety of tin cans, 
pots, and ^gourds are clutched by each chiUd as they 
come through the lines. While awaiting the start 
of the milk distribution, I film an incredible pan- 
aramic View otf hundreds of nomads slowly walking 
from the camp, through the dust and heat, toward 
the tent. The naked children and adults in long 
rdbes, muted by the distance, sun and haze present 
a powerful image in my camera. 

I also see Rahamed again. But she isn't part of 
the group walking toward the milk tent. Her frail 
little body is curled up under a ragged blanket on 
a pallet carried by four men. She is being brought 
to the disperiiseiry, a crowded, fly-inifested building 

that has no doctor. Later I see her hunched over 
the ground, relieving herself while her father] 
leans over her, one hand resting gently on her 
Shoulder. Ten yards behind Rahamed, squats ai 
woman, her veil shading her eye as she bends her j 
head, coughing as she spits out the blood from:! 
her lungs. j 

During the mUk distribution I film a naked littlel 
girl, three or four years of age, infected eyes 
crawling with flies. She is standing expectantly 
in line, her face mirroring the confusion and 
despair of the hungry and coughing ohUdren all 
around her. Her little body tenses as she approach- 
es the head of the line, and then falters as the. 
woman handing out the milk turns to get a newv 
container from which to dip the milk. As that min-i 
ute or so passes the child freezes in fear and a 
foot or so away from her I agonize for this fragllei 
piece of humanity suspended momentarily be-i 
tween hunger and nulk. I choke and turn again ij 
from my camera. Ashamed for my emotions butj 
more ashamed for a world that allows this tO' 

Behind the tent, 100 yards or so, is a series of 
mounds, perhaps a 150 or 200. These simple 
mounds are the graves of the refugees that do 
not survive. The Six-year drought, the blowing 
desert, the dry wells, and the lack of help and 
(future planning, leads to this final resting place- 
for the nomads. How many people I fUmed, I 
wonder, will end up here? 

New Year's Eve is spent at a missionary get- 
together in Niamey. There are laughing kids,- 
games, and sermons 'but my appearance is brief.' 
The missionaries, well aware of the enormity ai' 
Africa's problems, nevertheless have to lead lives 
as normal as possible, and a New Year's party isi 
one way. But I find most of the talk relates tol 
the drought, its effects, and what can be done, 
to help. I have grown to respect and deeply admire 
the missionaries I have met and traveled with.i 
Their quiet strength and genuine love of their j 
calling and the Africans impresses me deeply. 
There is a purity and a simplicity to their lives | 
missing m many of ours. The business world as] 

iMay 3, 1975 

Page Eleven 

well as the world of ckiema often gets caught 
up With petty pursuits and egos that gradually 
can cloud one's real purpose or aims. As the trip 
draws to a close, Bill and I agree that we gained 
(much more than we gave in terms off a human 

Januaxy 1, 1974 

The day Is spent in the Niamey bazaars pur- 
chasing and haggling over African knives, jewelry, 
and carvings that we scoop up for friends and 

January 2, 1974 

We fly to Abidjan in Ivory Coast. We wait 12 
hours for our flight from Abidjan to New York 
so Pan Am puts us up in a hotel. It is huge, flossy, 
and expensive and fuU of French tourists. We all 
sit on a terrace overlooking a swimmiing pool 
abounding with flat-stomached French women in 
minute bikinis. Music drifts through the shaded 

heat and we aU think about the scenes, only hours 
behind, that contrast so with our present 

January 3, 1974 

Fifteen hours later, after several stops in Africa, 
landing in New York City and change of plemes, 
we arrive in snow-covered Detroit. 

As the plane taxies to the terminal, my mind is 
full of Africa, the missionaries, witch doctors, the 
nomads, but I think I will never forget little 
Bahamed and the thousands of other little chil- 
dren like her who sit by their pathetic little huts, 
waiting for help. I hope it arrives in time. 

In a world consumed with materials, pleasures, 
trips to the moon, and Watergate, it only seems 
fair that the people of the desert, who demand 
nothing from others and want only to resiune 
their old nomadic ways, somehow can be allowed 
life. I hope and pray that it shall be so. 


LOS ANGELES, Calif. — In a special press 
conference here today, it was reported by officials 
of the Christian Missionary Alliance and NAE's 
World Relief Commission that, aside from the 
unknown fate of missing American missionaries, 
at least five national Vietnamese pastors have 
now been executed by North Vietnamese forces. 
"As word trickles south fro^m refugees", said Dr. 
Nathan Bailey, president of CMA, "We hear that 
pastors and community leaders are being puto- 
licaUy shot as an example of future action against 
those who they feel could influence the public in 
opposition to the atheistic and political control 
of occupying forces." 

Field director for the WRC, Stuart WHlcuts, 
reported that refugees told him in Vietnam before 
he leift, that they were fleeing from the potential 
bloodbath which would occur in each local com- 
munity of those who had had any degree of con- 
tact with Americans or who occupied leadership 
positions. "The fate of the Christian church is 
very uncertain", he said, and "there is need for a 
great deal of prayer for the safety of National 
pastors and their families, especially those who 
have purposely remained to O'ffer spiritual help 
and guidance to their fellow countrymen in these 
days of tremendous damger and upheaval. 

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Pastoral Interns 

Mr. Bruce Ronk 
c/o Rev. John Byler 
5930 Nella Ave. NW. 
Canton, OH 44720 

Mr. Lynn Mercer 
c/o Rev. Clarence Stoigsdill 
115 North Bryant Ave. 
Tucson, AZ 85711 

Missionary Interns 

Miss Jan Glenn and Miss Bev Blough 
c/o Mr. Kenneth L. Solomon 
Apartado Aereo 055171 
Medellin, Colombia 
South America 
Nursing Care Interns 

Miss Nona Kesketh and Miss Nola Nye 
c/o Mr. Gene Geaslen 
Rt. 2, Box 97 
Flora, IN 46929 

June 22-28 
June 29 - July 5 
July 6-12 
July 13-19 
July 20-26 
July 27 - Aug. 2 
Aug. 3-9 

June 22-29 
June 29 ■ July 6 
July 6-13 
July 13-20 
July 20-27 
July 27 - Aug. 3 
Aug. 3-10 


Jim Miller, Randy Myers 
Debbie Barber, Linda 

Tempe, AZ 

Tucson, AZ 

Tucson, AZ 

Arizona Brethren Camp 

Arizona Brethren Camp 

Arizona Brethren Camp 

Gretna, OH 


Wayne Grumbling, Jon 
Barber, Robin Rentzel, 
Becky Hamilton 

FaUs City, NB 
Cheyenne, WY 
Cheyenne, WY 
Camp Wyandotte, KS 
Camp Wyandotte, KS 
Fort Scott, KS 
Smithville, OH 


Joan Holsinger, Jerri 
Briggs, Donna Shank, 
Boibbi Miller 

North Liberty, IN 
North Liberty, IN 
County Line, IN 
Muncie, IN 
Tiosa, IN 
Pittsburgh, PA 

New Creation 

Ken Hunn, Jeff Lentz, Mark Baker, Jim Black, 
Tom Keplinger, Kerry Scott, Nancy Ronk, Susie 
Keslar, Cathy Comfort, Becky Grumbling, Debra 
Michael, Deborah Munson 

Ardmore, IN 
Goshen, IN 
Winding Waters, IN 
North Manchester, IN 
Gratis, OH 
Washington, D.C. 
Hagerstown, MD 

(Send mail in care of local Brethren pastor or of camp.) 

Arizona Brethren Camp 
c/o Rev. Clarence Stog-sdill 

Camp Wyandotte 
11300 Leavenworth Rd. 

Piper, Ks 66074 

115 North Bryant Ave. 
Tucson, AZ 85711 

Way 3, 1975 

Page Thirteen 


Miss Reibecca Hamilton of West Alexandria, 
Ohio has toeen selected to serve as a Summer Cru- 
sader with the Midwest Educational unit. Becky 
iwill be a senior at Montgomery County Joint 
jVocational School where she has entered the med- 
ical record field. She has been active in her local 
^church school and BYC. Becky replaces Cheryl 
Straub who was unable to serve. 

Rebecca Hamilton 


The gist of The Great Commission (Matthew 
28:18-20) is the urgency of effective Christian 
ooonmunication. If 'the church's pnincipal task is 
'■iniakLag disciples", the process of communication 
miust be 'both efficient ajid effective. For genera- 
tions the old axiom "a picture is worth a thousand 
words" has been widely accepted. Nonetheless, the 
church has been slow to put this principle into 
practice. Perhaps we haven't known "how to do 
it" or where to get useaible resources and ideas 
to use in church school. 

We are pleased to aainiounce 'the three day 
basics in the utilization of audio visuals for 'the 
local ohunch. Sponsored -by Ken Anderson FUms, 
the seminar will be held at Winona Lake, Indiana, 
June 17-19, 1975. In his initial notioe on the sem- 
inar. Ken Anderson promises to ". . . get rig'ht 
down to the nitty gritty otf the use of media. Our 
target is to provide alert pastors and (congrega- 
tional leaders with factual information and furiiC- 
tional knoWThow. We will avoid mere academies 
and theory." 

From first-hand experience, we reoom'mend the 
lay people. Registration fee: $25.00. For informa- 
tion write: 

Ken Anderson Films 

P.O. Box 68 

Winona LaJke, IN 46590 


A supplement to the BCE's Audio Visual Guide 
has 'been mailed to known holders of the A-V 
Guide. If your copy has not yet arrived, please 
notify the BCE Office. 


The resources and materials from Evangelical 
Teacher Training Assodidtion (Box 327, Wheaton, 
IL 60187) are excellant. ETTA has developed sev- 
eral 'Of their training courses and a set of Bible 
Survey maps. They also have some cassettes and 

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leadersWip training materials. Arrangements are 
being made to send pastors and superintendents 
descriptive literature on the ETTA resources. 


The Creative Bible Teaching course designed by 
the Training Commission of the BCE has been 
well received. Plan to include CBT in your teacher 
training program in 1975. Contact BCE office for 
details on the course. 


films, teamed with appropriate printed material 
is programmed to lead participants into a pattern 
of Christian growth. SCL is not designed for use 
in the church school hour — ^due to time restric- 

The ten sessions are entitled: (1) Your Potential 
Lifestyle, (2) Discover Yourself, (3) Who Owns 
You?, (4) The Bible Is God's Contract, (5) Know- 
ing and Doing God's Will, (6) Call Your Enemy 
By Name, (7) Keep Your Piety a Secret, (8) Dis 
cover Your World, (9) The "You Hapj>en" Prin- 
ciple, (10) Exploring Your Horizons. 

We believe the SCL seminar holds great promise 
for maturing Christian adults. Plan now to 
schedule the free preview film (c/o A-V Dept., 

. . . east, north, south! Registrations are coming 
in for the International Center for Learning Sem- 
inar scheduled for August 11 and 12, 1975. This is 
not the run-of-the-mill garden variety "Sunday 
School" workshop! It is a field-tested reliable 
teacher preparation program. Designed to provide 
teachers with both the "why" and "how to" aspects 
of teaching. ICL goes on to give participants the 
opportunity to engage in on -the- job-training and 
to learn from other teachers. 

The ICL Seminar will never be available at a 
more reasonable price. You'll never get more for 
your training doUar. 

NOTE: For those with children, a baby sitting 
service is being planned. If possible, it will be to 
the parent's advantage not to bring young chil- 
dren. Details later. 


A useful resource for the summer ministry is 
the 1975 Summer Bible Ministries Program Plan- 
ner from Gospel Lig'ht (lOS pages, $1.45). Con- 
taining nine general articles, tips for workers 
with every age level, ideas for worship programs, 
and foUow-up ideas. The SBM Program Planner is 
a valuable VBS resource. 


A new (1974) ibook which can help our church 
schools is entiled simply GROW: YOUR SUNDAY 
SCHOOL CAN GROW, by Lowell E. Brown and 
Bobbi Reed (Regal, $2.25). It contains quideUnes 
(or building a better church school in eleven easy- 
to-read well illustrated chapters. Specific sugges- 
tions and realistic ideas are offered to adminis- 
trators and fvastors. 


Through a special arrangement with Ken Ander- 
son Films, The BOE is now able to offer the in- 
ING to Brethren Churches. SCL is not just a film 
rental nor is it available in sections. It is a moti- 
vational seminal designed to get Christians to 
think like Christians. A series of ten discussion 


DO IT! Books are an inexpensive way to secure 

contemporary resources for BYC groups. Proigram 
books contain three months of meeting sugges- 
tions, plus helps for sponsors and plans for social 
activities. Titles are as follows: 


GROUPS— VOLUME 2 (especially for 
young teens) 





7. BRIGHT ONES! Creative Idea® for 
Youth Ministry 


Order from the BCE, $4.95 each. 


Chuck Miller has developed an attractive do-it- 
yourself study manual for the young p)erson who 
becomes a Christian. Entitled, Now That I'm A 
Christian, the book deals with questions like 
"Where do I go from here?" How do I grow in 
my new Hfe with Christ?" "What are my 

The emphasis is on basic Bible study for the 
new Christian. He details for you the basic steps 
to Christian growth. An excellent resource for 
new Christians (Gospel Light, Regal, $1.95). 


Recently every pastor received a complimentary 
copy of the Brethren Church Membership Work- 
book by Rev. Smith Rose. It is a useful tool for 
use with youth in the church or at camp. Order 
from the BCE (cost $.35 each). 

May 3, 1975 Page Fifteen 



A Unique Tour to Europe and the Middle East 
July 7-28. 1975 

In Greece: Thessaloniki, Philippi, Athens, 

In Egypt: Cairo, Luxor; 

In Jordan: Amman, Jerash, Pella; 

In Israel: Jerusalem and from Dan to 
Beer Sheba; 

In Turkey: Izmir, Ephesus, Hierapolis, 
Pergamum, Thyatira 

In Rome: Roman and Imperial Forums, 
Collosseum, Vatican, Sistine 
Chapel, etc. 

Price from New York, $1525.00 

For information write to — 

Dean Joseph R. Shultz, or 
Professor Louis F. Gough 

Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio 44805 
Tel. (419) 289-4074 

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Xk eiMT s 



Ruth Sechrist, 70, passed away March 6, 1975. 
Surviving are her husband Jessie, and two sons, 
one daughter. She was a member of First Breth- 
ren, Nappanee. Services were held at the church 
by Pastor Alvin Shifflett. 

* * * 


Charlotte Lamb, 51 graduated from this life on 
March 27, 1975. Memorial services were held in 
the Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee. Charlotte is 
survived by her mother, Nina Lamb. She was a 
member of First Brethren, Nappanee. Pastor 
Alvin Shifflett officiated. 


Mr. Morris Kentner, 49, of South Bend, Indiana 
went home to be with the Lord, AprU 6, 1975. He 
was a member of the Ardmore Brethren Church. 
He is survived by his wife, Beulah, a son and a 
daughter. Services were officiated by Rev. Brian 
Moore, pastor. 


Mrs. Ruby Trezise, 80, of South Bend, Indiana 
went home to be with the Lord on March 20, 1975. 
She was an active member of the Ardmore 
Brethren Church and the W.M.S. II. She is sur- 
vived by four daughters, one son, 14 grandchildren 
and 2 great-grandsons. She was the grandmother 
of Rev. Russell Gordon, pastor of the Bradenton, 
Florida Brethren Church. Services were held in 
the Ardmore Brethren Church with pastor, Brian 
Moore offieiatmg. 


Brother C. Worth Logan of Harrisonburg, Vir- 
ginia, went to be With the Lord on March 25, 1975, 
following a brief iUness. 

The husband of Mrs. Ellen Heckman Logan; 
he was bom in the Harrisonburg area June 30, 
1912, and was a life-long resident. He was a re- 
tired plastering contractor and faithful to the 
churcih in trusteeship and maintainence. 

Two sons remain: Patrick W. and Donald H., 
and three grandchildren. 

Memorial services were conducted by Ed. 
Schwartz, pastor and Rev. C. Y. Gilmer of Mathias 
Brethren Church. 


Harvey Rose, 81, a burn victim passed away at 
Elkhart General Hospital on January 21, 1975. His 
Wife preceded him in death. He leaves a daughter 
and two sons. He was a member of the First 
Brethren Church, Nappanee. Services were held 
in the Nappanee Church. Alvin Shifflett, officiated. 


On March 29, 1975, Miss Linda Reed, daughter 
of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McDaniel of Muncie, 
and Doctor Don P. Zent, M.D., son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Robert Zent, Roanoke, Indiana, were married in 
the Robert Zent home at Roanoke. Rev. Paul D. 
Tirikel, his former pastor, officiated at the 

Linda attended Ball State University and has 
been employed as a Surgical Secretary at Ball 
Memorial Hospital in Muncie. Doctor Zent was 
an active member of Brethren Youth where he 
is a member of the Roanoke Brethren Church. 


Sarasota, Florida — 2 by baptism 
Mexico, Indiana — 4 by baptism 
Nappanee, Indiana — 3 by baptism 

Page Seventeen 


Mrs. Mary C. Maus, iformerly of the Twelve 
Mile, Indiana area, died at the Brethren's Home 
at Flora on March 17, 1975. She was bom March 
4, 1884, near Twelve Mile to Marion and Emma 
Dalzell Krider. She was married to Gilbert L. 
Maus on December 24, 1905 by Elder Irvin Fisher. 
She and her husband heard the call to the Gospel 
ministry and enrolled In Ashland College where 
they both graduated in the same course in 1912. 
They served the Brethren Churches at Dallas 
Center, (Iowa), Bryan, (Ohio), Peru, Roann, 
Nappanee, North Liberty, Denver, Tiosa, Ardmore 
and their final pastorate in the home church at 
Corinth near Twelve Mile, Indiana. She was an 
active worker in the Woman's Missio^nary Society 
and Sisterhood of Mary and Martha for many 
years and was a member of the Cormth WMS at 
her death. Rev. Maus retired in 1951 and he and 
Mrs. Maus lived near Twelve Mile until Ms death 
in 1959. Mrs. Maus imoved to the Brethren Home 
in June, 1967. 

Funeral Services were held at the McCain 
Funeral home near Denver on March 19 with Rev. 
Clarence Kindley and Rev. G. Bright Hanna offi- 
ciating. Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery, 
Mexico. Survivors are two nieces, Mrs. Emma 
Lee Staller, Mrs. Marilou Smith and one nephew, 
W. Clifford Wray, Jr., 13 great nieces and nephews 
and 1 great-great nephew. Her sister, Martha 
Wray, preceded her in death In 1972. 



On Sunday evening, March 2 eleven persons 
(ifive couples and one young man) were baptized. 
Each couple entered the bapistry together and 
were Ibaptized in turn. Each couple had hands 
laid on them simultaneously for the confirmation 
service. According to present ,p(lans 6 young people 
from the Bryan Church preparing for (full time 
Christian service will tbe receiving iCollege train- 
ing during the next sdhocl year. 


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The Brethren Evangelist 

Signal Lights 

Bible Theme: 


Mission Project: 

Radio Program and Literature for Spanish 
Speaking Americans 

Signal Lights Program for June 


Bible Story: The Story of a Good Friend 

(This is a story you may have in flannelgraph 
form. Lf so use it in telling the story.) 

One day a man was walking down the lonely 
road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Suddenly two 
robbers jumped out from behind the rocks. They 
beat him until he fell to the ground badly hurt. 
Then the thieves took the man's money and even 
his clothes. 

After awhile another man came down the road 
from Jerusalem. "Help me!" cried the injured 

But the man hurried on. 

Later a second man came down the road. "Help 
me," begged the wounded one again. 

This man stopped and looked at him. Then he, 
too, hurried on. 

By and by a third man came down the road. 
He was riding on a donkey. 

"No use asking him to help," thoug'ht the man 
who had been beaten. "He's from another coun- 
try. He's a Samaritan. Our countries aren't friend- 
ly. He won't help me." 

The Samaritan stopped his donkey and got off. I 
He put medicine on the man's cuts. He bandaged 
them. Then he put the man on his dotnkey and 
led it to an inn (which is similar to a motel). 

Carefully he helped the man to a room and put 
him to bed. Then he said to the innkeeper, "Here 
is some money. Use it to take care of the man. J£ 
it costs more I will pay you the rest when I 

The innkeeper was surprised. "I didn't know 
you Samaritans and Jews were friends," he said. 

The injured man was thinking about this also. 
"Two men from my own country passed 'by with- 
out helping me, ibut this stranger froitn Samaria 
has been my friend." 

—Based on L/uke 10:30-37 

Memory verse: Isaiah 41:6 

A friend is one who helps others. Our memory ( 
verse reminds us of this. 

"They helped every one his neighbor; and every < 
one said to his brother. Be of good courage. 

Mission Story: Bible School at Tubac 

GabrieUa Romo is eight years old. She lives with 
her mother and her little brother Juan. They live 
in Tubac, Arizona. 

Tubac is a small village about 45 miles from 
Tucson. Most of the people are Mexican-Americans. 

One summer evening Rev. Curtis knocked at the 
door of GabrieUa's home. Her mother opened the 

"Good evening," greeted Rev. Curtis in Spanish. 

"Good evening," replied Mrs. Romo. 

"I'm from the Brethren Church in Tucson," Rev. 
Curtis continued. "We want to have Bible School 
for the children of Tubac. Do you have children? 

Mrs. Romo nodded. 

"Our Bible school will begin tomorrow. May 
your children come?" 

"There's not much for children to do here," said 
Mrs. Romo. "They may come." 

The next day Gabriella, Juan and twenty-four i 
other children went to the Bible school. They heard I 
stories about Jesus. They learned songs and scrip- 1 
ture verses. They made things to take home. 

For two weeks they had happy times together. 

On the last day of the Bible school Rev. Curtis 
said, "If you want to accept Jesus as your Savior 
raise your hand." 

Twenty hands went up. GabrieUa's hand was 
one of them. 

The end of Bible school was not the end of their 
happy times together. Rev. and Mrs. Ourtis stiill I 
go to Tubac. They go one day eadh week. The • 
children are happy to see them. They want to ■ 
hear the Bible stories. They want to sing and 
pray. They are learning to know and love Jesus. 

Hay 3, 1975 

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^^u%c^ a^xacut^ ^^%aKccCc 

CHURCH GROWTH report from 

by Arden Gilmer, pastor 

Comparison of 1973-1974 statistics: 

In 1974, 25 new members were received, with a 
inet gain of 12 for the year. There was an %',V 
lincreaise in "responsible" members from 157 in 
1973 to 169 in 1974. 

There w£is a 6% increase in average Sunday 
morning worship attendcince from 157 ui 1973 to 
1,166 in 1974. 

I There was 1009c increase in public professions 
of faith, -from 13 in 1973 to 26 in 1974. 

There was a 566% increase in the number of 
baptisms, from 6 in 1973 to 34 in 1974. 

Laymen of the ohurrih, as a result of the imple- 
mentation of the Laymen Alive training, made 
: approximately 200 evangelistic calls in the homes 
of prospects. This is the largest single factor con- 
tributing to the growth that has taken place. 
Approximately 20 Of our daymen are now trained 
to share thedr ifaith in a vigorous, clear, and effec- 
tive (way. 

Now, let's talk about the first three months of 
1975. Our average morning warship attendance 
for each of these months has surpassed the aver- 
age of 'the sajme mohth of a year ago. Our average 
attendance for the first three months ocE 1975 was 
182 icompared to 166 ifor the first three months of 
1974. The month of March was a fantastic month 
as we completely broke all previous attendance 
records. Goal setting was used for Pahn Sunday 
and Easter Sunday attendance. We set a goal of 
220 for Pahn Sunday, tout it was completely sur- 
passed as we had 267 in attendance. (That was 
better than our Easter attendance of the pirevious 
year — ^245) . Our Easter Sunday goal for attendance 
was 270. That >goal too was overwhelmingly sur- 
passed as we had 301 in attendance for Easter 

We are faithfully continuing the Layman Alive 
training, and are now to the place where we need 
to train new people in the use of the Laymen Alive 
tools and methods of sharing their faith. We are 
also completing a Church Growth study, using 
"How to Grow a Church" hook and workbook. 
About 20 people have 'been involved in this study. 
God is richly Messiing, and we praise Him. As 
ipastor I ipralse iGod for laymen who are teach- 
able, open to God's Word, to the Holy Spirit and 
who are ready to move out in a positive way for 
the Lord and the salviation of souls. 


by George Solomon, pastor 

WE want a church that is big enough to reach 
around the world in need ; but have I true mission- 
ary spirit and concern? WE want a church that is 
growing in numlbers and evangelistic zeal; tout 
have I led anyone to Christ this past year? WE 
want a church that is successful in its program; 
but do I throw my life into the work without re- 
luctance or reservation? WE want a church where 
the services are warmly enthusiastic; but am I in 
my place ait both the morning and evening 

WE w£mt a church which is able to surround 
us With spiritual jKwver; but how o[£ten am I 
found in the prayer service? WE want a church 
that reaches our youth and leads them in God's 
path; tout do I help make this leadership possible 
by my own loyalty? WE want a church w'hich 
commands the respect of ^the communiity; but do 
I help make this possible by the caliber of my 
life? WE want a church which can spend its time 
ministering the Gospel rather than raising money? 
But do I make this possible by tithing regularly 
and cheerfully? 

In short, WE want a church which can answer 
the problems; but can my church do 'this unless I 
am a part of the answer, rather than part of the 



by Henry Bates, pastor 

The month of March was one of the finest we 
have had, attendance-wise, for several years! 
Church Growth is becoming a reality at Wayne 
Heights! The average Sunday School Attendance 
was 95.5, an increase of 13.5 over last March. Morn- 
ing Worship service showed an average of 90, as 
compared with 72 in 1974. Evening Service average 
was 52 and mid-week average attendance was 38, 
as compared with averages of 39 and 21 for the 
same services last March. Let us all do every- 
thing that we can to keep things movir^g onward 
and upward!!!!! 

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Luke 9:10-17 

William Walk and his ivife, Sluwon, are 
presently in training for missionary service 
under Missionary Internship, Farmington, 
Michigan. He had been pastor at the Gratis, 
Ohio, Brethren Church for five years 

by William Walk 

You are well aware that the basic fabric of our 
society is being torn to shreds. Moral conduct is 
at a low ebb, with domestic and political tensions 
at an aU time high. Dishonesty, hatred and bitter- 
ness are so common that we tend to accept them 
as normal. Moral and spiritual hunger is acute. 
People are looking for an answer to their hunger 
and are groping openly for God. 

Does the Brethren Church have a strategy for 
this dark hour? Is there a way to reach and heal 
the linfection that threatens human and spiritual 
life? Is there a workable, transferable way to help 
people turn back to God in our day? "Church 
Growth, let it happen" is our conference theme 
for this year, is there a way to make this happen? 

The Biblical setting of Luke 9:10-17 is very 
familiar, but let us review it so that Christ's 
pattern of evangelism wiU become more obvious. 
Jesus and his disciples had been followed far out 
of the nearest town by a massive multitude. Eve- 
ning had come, and the people were very hungry. 
The disciples became very anxious and asked 
Jesus to send the multitude away, since there was 
no apparent way to feed theim there in the desert. 

But Jesus had compassion on the people (Matt. 
14:14) and insisted that the dioiples must feed 
the multitude and told them to make the arrange- 

Jesus took a small resource 
of bread and fish and made 
it multiply miraculously un- 
til it fed all who were hun- 
gry. We too, must give God 
what we have . . . and noth- 
ing less. 

ments for the feeding. The events that took place 
provide excellent insight into the method Christ 
set forth for satisfying the need for spiritual bread l[ 
in the hungry heart. 

First, the disciples had to get a correct vision i| 
of the true need. These men were typical human 
beings, much like you and me. When they saw 
the huge crowd who were hungry and in need 
of food, they were afraid. They decided that the 
problem was the huge crowd, and they insisted 
that the only solution was to send them away. 
Many of our Churches make a similar mistake 
today. We assume the problem to be the people. 
They are either the wrong class, race or cultural 
level. They come to us in so great a number and 
with sucli complex problems that we become 
afraid. Sometimes we are so offended by the cul- 
tural appearance or manners of those who are 
spiritually starved that we ignore their hunger 
and seek ways to get them to go away. In the 
past we have developed innumerable ways to get 
rid of people. Instead of seeing them in their des- 
perate plight and offering God's bread as a solu- 
tion, we react as did the disciples, and put out a 
"no vacancy" sign. We may not say it verbally, 
but we communicate "Go elsewhere, we can't 
meet your needs." 

But Jesus refused to let the disciples get away 
with such cruelty. He insisted they take a second 
look at the need. They responded, but again thear 
vision was clouded. This time they came to the 
conclusion the problem was not the people, it was 
the place. They were in a desert, and you can't 
expect people to be fed in such a location. We 
often come to similar conclusions today. We try 
to feed hungry people in inadequate buildings 
with crowded rooms in an undesirable neighbar- 
hood. It is so easy to decide we can't do anythmg 
until we have better surroundings and better facil- 
ities. In the meantime, while we wish and wait 
for better things, the huingry go unfed and tum- 
ible into hell. 

We must stop driving people away and stop 
running from desert places, refusing to feed the 
hungry until ideal circumstances are found. 

Hay 3, 1975 

Page Twenty-one 

: Jesus 'had the disciples iocus their vision again, 
md finally they saw the real need. They looked 
aeyond their own shortcomings and inadequacies, 
aeyond the huge multitude and beyond the desert 
place and saw the gnawing hunger of the people. 
I beUeve that when we correct our vision and 
reaUy see the hunger of the people for God as the 
major need of the hour, we'll find a way to feed 
them. When we are really convinced that people 
'will go to heU without Christ, we'll work to fUl 
that need. 

A friend of mine once said, "While I was a 
pastor in Kingsport, Term., a tragic explosion 
ripped through a building in a chemical plant. 
Sixteen men lay dead, and more than one hundred 
iwere injured. The city rose to meet the crisis 
limmediately. I had never served in an emergency 
iroom in my Ufe, ibut a doctor handed me a bottle 
of alcohol and some gauze pads and told me to 
clean up a man with a mangled arm. I had no 
Itlme to lose my stomach, plead ignorance, or claim 
to be too busy. The need was acute and had to 
be met." So it was with the disciples and the 
ihungry mob. When they finally saw What the 
itrue need was, they responded with zealous 
I commitment. 

We must look beyond our excuses for neglecting 
'the feeding of those who need Christ's bread so 
desperately. Jesus has demanded that we feed 
that hungry throng: "Give ye them to eat!" Do 
you see the need where you are? 

Second, Jesus org-anized the effort. 

iHave the people sit down on the grass in groups 
of fifty." Only by such a systematic approach 
oould those far back in the crowd hope to get fed. 
, Anyone who accuses the Brethren Church of over- 
I organization lin our evangehsm outreach is surely 
mis^informed. There may be places of over-organ- 
ization elsewhere, but not in evangelism. If we 
are to meet the needs of starving multitudes in 
our neighborhoods, we 'must know who they are 
and where they are. The feeding works 'best when. 
it is systematic. 

First, we need a sensibly organized message. 
How well do you understand the basic Gospel of 
Christ? Can you intelhgently communicate it to 
someone who is hungry to know Christ as Savior? 
If someone stopped you and asked you how to 
become a Christian, co-uld you teU them, or would 
you have to direct them to the Pastor or perhaps 
a deacon? Stop now and give yourself a quick 
evaluation. Write out what you would say if a 
spiritually hungry non-believer asked you to ex- 
plain salvation and how to receive it. Examine 
What you have written. Does it make sense and 
is it presented in a logical, simple way that one 
who is unfamiliar with religious terminology could 
understand? Zeal and sincerity have their place 
in evangelism, but without intelligent knowledge 
of the claims of Christ, we will bear little lastLngr 
fruit. One of the most essential facets of beinig 
led by the Spirit is careful, orderly preparation. 
We need to conunit lourselves to a trainiing pro- 
gram to prepare ourselves for the task of feeding 
the hungry. 

Then, we must also organize our info'rmation. 
Jesus wanted the hungry multitude to fbe seated 
in groups of fifty so that the disciples could keep 
track of who had been fed and Who w^as still hun- 

gry. Accurate, well4iept records of evcingelistic 
plans and activities are rarely found among us. 
Yet, they are essential! Jesus never did anything 
haphazardly. We should know the spiritual con- 
dition of every person in our Church and Sunday 
School famUy. We should keep an up-to-date survey 
file of homes in our Church vicinity where un- 
churched or unconverted persons reside. People 
cannot be reached for Christ unless the congre- 
gation knows who they are, where they live, and 
what they need and what knowledge they have 
of Jesus Christ. A responsibility list is as neces- 
sary as the membership list and should include 
the names of all unchurched people in the con- 
gregation's area of responsibility. Careful records 
should be kept of aU visitors, visits made, foUow- 
up efforts and prospects. We stress careful records 
of attendance, membership and finances, but in 
our spiritual and evangelistic accounting, we are 
unorganized, perhaps revealing misplaced prior- 
ities. Just as Jesus went about feeding the mul- 
titude in an orderly way, so must we. This requires 
work, and lots of it, but the extra effort is repaid 
many times over. 

'7 had never served in mi 
emergency room in my life, 
hut a doctor handed me a 
bottle of alcohol and some 
gauze pads and told me to 
clean up a ma7i ivith a man- 
gled arm, (I had no tifne to 
think of alibis.) The need 
was acute and had to be 

Third, He required the multitude to invest what 
they possessed in available resources. 

When the disciples surveyed the crowd to see 
what was available, they came up with one small 
sack lunch of fish and bread which belonged to a 
'boy. Jesus took it and used it. No gift is too small 
for God to use. He did not require the people to 
give what they did not have. But Jesus didn't give 
what He had until the hungry crowd had given 
Him what they had. Jesus then took that small 
resource of bread and fish and made it multiply 
imiraculously until it fed all who were hungry. 

We, too, must give God all we have — and nothing 
less. Many local ohurohes and individual Christians 
make no attempt to evangelize in a significant 
way because of a sense of inadequacy. Some of 
us delay efforts to feed the hungry because our 
church is too small, the community seems unin- 
terested and unresponsive, or our local people 
just don't have the talent. This is a serious error. 
It is foolish to wait and hope for ideal resources, 
people and circumstances before we ibecome in- 
volved in feeding people with the Living ihread 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

of Christ. Let us take our weaknesses and inade- 
quacies and igive them to the God Who has none, 
and let Him do as He chooses. You will be amazed 
ait the results. Remember, the only ability God 
requires is availability and He wiU supply our 
needs. (Phil. 4:19) Never underestimate the Power 
of God. No gift is too limited [for God to utUize. 
Dr. Robert Coleman says: "It doesn't take much 
of a man to be a Christian, but it takes all there 
is of Mm." Someone challenged D. L. Moody with 
the words: "The world has yet to see what God 
can do through one man totally dedicated to 
Him." Moody accepted that challenge and said, 
"By the grace of God I will be that man," and 
history has recorded what God did througih Mm. 

Some might be critical of Christ for taking all 
of the limited resources of the young boy. But in 
return for his investment, the lad received more 
than he gave, and there was food available for 
the entire multitude. So, start now with What you 
have and don't delay. Give yourself wholly to God 
— ^time, talent and treasure — ^and He will use you 

Fourth, Jesus broke what was brought to Him. 

The ibread and the fish did not go out to 'the 
people in the same f oirm in which Ohrisit received 

Put out a "No Vacancy" sign. 
We may not say it verbally, 
but we commmiicate — "Go 
elseivhere, we can't meet 
your needs" 

it. He reshaped it as it pleased Him. Before muoh 
feeding lof the starving, dying millions will be 
done today, God will have to break and reshape 
us. We have 'habits that need broken. We habit- 
ually doubt, procrastinate and make excuses. We 
have attitudes that need to be dhanged. Do we 
not view some people as hopeless cases and refuse 
to share Christ with them? What would you do 
if God directed you to love a person who is differ- 
ent than you into the family of God? Some per- 
sons over sixty-five (and some others too) feel 
they are too old or too young to leam lanything 
new. Until iGod breaks and re^apes us in habit, 
attitude and ability, we will accomplish little. But, 
as Paul stated: "If any man be in Christ, he is a 
new creature; old things are passed away; behold 
all things beco'me new." (11 Cor. 5:17) Let Christ 
refashion your reso'urces, and you can become 
fruitful. Remember, Jesus said just to f oUow Him, 
and He would make you fishers of men. 

Fifth, Oluist called upon the disciples to deUver 
the bread. 

He did not do aU the work Himself. He made 
use of the laymen to distribute the living Word 
to all who were in need. It is Christ's task to pro- 
vide the 'bread. It is our calling, laymen and clergy 
alike, to deliver the bread perso-n to person. 

The missing link in most church evangelism 
ministries, is the lack 'Of trained laymen working 
as evangelists. Too often the i>astor has been 1 
viewed as the only person capable of ,guiding peo- 
ple into conversion. As a result, laymen have tra- 
ditionally carried out assignments such as ushers, 
teachers, committee members, officers and other \ 
similar tasks, but little or no soul-winning. Soul- 
winning was the preacher's job. This is heresy. 
The New Testament allows no such division of • 
ministries. The Apostle Paul is explicit in defining . 
the pastor's role as "to iprepare all God's people i 
for !the work of Christian service, to build up the ( 
body of Clirist." (Eph. 4:11-12 TEV) The pastor i 
is to be the coach of a weU-trained team, not the > 
super-star performer who does everything. Any \ 
evangelism which is exclusively carried out by the i 
professional clergy, but which by-passes the New ( 
Testament pattern of trained lay evangelists is 
a poor substitue for the real 'thing. 

Just as Jesus met the crisis of acute hunger by i 
implementing His strategy of lay involvement in 
feeding the starving thousands, so must we do 
this navf. We Uteraliy have a dying world on our 
hands. Thiey will never be fed as long as 95% of 
the people sit by and watch 57p do the work. 

In the first century, the disciples probably wore 
long robes, the common style of their times. I can 
see them as the first one steps before Jesus, who 
has just started to break the small lunch of fish 
and bread into small pieces. The disciple makes 
a basket of the front of his roibe, holding it out 
to Jesus. Miraculously, the lunch is multipUed in 
the hands of Christ until the makeshift 'basket is 
fUled. Excitedly, he hurries off to a group of fifty 
to deiliver the food. Then, another cups 'Ms robe 
between iMs out^stretohed arms, and again the 
miracle is repeated. As long as the need remained 
and the men filed iby to fUl their ibread baskets, 
the miracle continues. The miracle continued until 
all had been fed. 

What if one of the disciples had returned from 
a delivery mission with Ms basket still stacked 
'high with the food Christ had previously supplied? 
Jesus would have rebuked 'him sternly. How heart- 
less is a man who has Christ's bread in abundant 
supply, yet passes by starving people and gives 
them not a crumb. No excuse is good eno'Ugh. How 
silly to tell Jesus, "I'm too timid to deliver your 
bread," or "I'm afraid I migM embarrass some- 
one," or "I'm just too busy, and besides it's not 
my cal'ling, let the preacher do it." How must 
GO'd view oiur refusals to deliver His ibread? We 
are fed S-unday in and Wednesday out. Our (bas- 
kets are piled Mgh, yet we fall to deliver the bread. 
How tragic. Just as Jesus equipped and sent out 
the 'bread bearers, so must we today. 

Sixth, when the hungry ate the bread of Christ, 
they were satisfied, ilt makes no difference what 
a person's social, cultural, racial or eoanomac back- 
ground may toe. When the real Jesus 'Christ is 
received, he satisfies! In the past I have seen 
persons from widely different backgrounds find 
their hunger fully met in Christ. 

When will you begin your life of 'faithful fruit- 
bearing? People Who are starving to death with- 
out lOhrist are waiting cfor you to come. Christ has 
left His people to do the job of feeding. Are you 
at work? 

>Iay 3, 1975 

Page Twenty-three 


Word has been received from Sarasota Florida 
pertaininig to the radio broadcast "THE BRETH- 

I In addition to the stations now carrying this 
prograim areas in Indiana and Pennsylvania are 
now alble to receive this broadcast. On WHLT 
;fram Huntimgton and Columbia City, Indiana 
Sunday afternoons at 1:30 (1300 AM and 103.1 
iFM) and on WHOM from Bellwood Altoona, 
Pennsylvania (103.9) Sundays at 2:30 p.m. 
! Additional information ha^ also just been re- 
{oeived that beginning April 27, 1975 radio station 
■WNCO (101.3) Ashland, Ohio will carry the pro- 
igram Sundays at 9:00 a.m. 

: Also beginning AprU 27ai "THE BRETHREN 
HOUR" will be heard at 8:00 a.m. on station 
WKUZ FM (95.9) Sunday mornings, Wabash, 

(Editor's Note) 

There are perhaps other churches toho may 
he airing their services or special programs 
over Radio or Television. We would like to 
suggest to those who may he doing so to 
forward information to us as to what pro- 
gram it is, city and call letters of station — 
AM or FM and where to find it on the dial, 
day or days and time of broadcast. 

J. L. GiUin'B "TOE DUNKERS" a Sociological 
Interpretation written by him as a doctoral dis- 
sertation for Columlbda University and published 
in 1906, has been reprinted by AMS Press of New 
York City and is ava:ilalble from AMS Press for 
$12.50. Publishers address is: 

56 E. 13th St. 

AMS Press 

New York, 

N.Y. 10003 

a book revie 



We all have read reports about the International 
Congress on World Evangelization held in 1974 
in Lausanne, Switzerland where approximately 
4,000 Christians representing 151 oo-untries gath- 
ered to study strategies and programs for World 
Evangelization. The Brethren Oiurch was repre- 
sented at the congress by Dr. J. R. Shultz, dean 
of Ashland Theological Seminary and his wife, 
Doris Shultz and by Rev. M. V. Ingraham General 
Secretary of the Missionary Board of the Brethren 

Now each of us can share in the excitement of 
this congress through a reference book called 
"Let the Earth Hear His Voice" published by 
World Wide Publications, 1313 Hennepin Avenue, 
Minneapolis, MN 55403 and avaiilable directly from 
them far $12.95 postage paid. This book is a 1,469 
page, clothbo'und collection of all of the jJlenary 
papers sent to participants before the congress, 
presentations of the authors at the congress and 
responses by participants. It also includes all of 
the messages, Bible studies, evening presentations 
and testimonies. It contains all of the evangelistic 
strategy papers and summary reports, the theology 
ocf evangelization papers and reports, the function- 
al reports and the regional and national geograph- 
ical reports. 

The final pages list cassettes, study books and 
other materials avaEable from the publisher and 
tiieir prices for those who would like to hear the 
papers as well as read them or who would like 
to study the area of evangelization in a series of 
home or church study groups. 

In one volume, you can share the thoughts of 
110 contributing authors and experience soime of 
the impact of the International Congress on World 
Evangelization. Well worth the price, you wall 
keep picking it up to read something new and 
continue to use as a reference volume. 

The Bookworm 

Page Twenty-four 

The Brethren Evangelist 

Help Older Adults Remain 

In Or Return To Their 

Own Homes! 

by Beverly Summy 

"Youth is a gift of nature; but age is a woi'k of art." 

In order for older persons to have the option of 
continuing to live in their own homes or other 
places of residence for as long as they wish to do 
so, a variety of coimmunity-wide services are 
necessary to maintain social well-being, to enhance 
mental and physical health, and to supplement 
self-care whenever necessary. 

Many older adults may be able to function ade- 
quately with the help of a single supportive ser- 
vice available to them either in their ow^n homes 
or readily accessible in the community. For most 
older adults living alone or aged couples who need 
one community service to help make possible the 
option of continued independent living at home, 
however, the chances are that one or more addi- 
tional services are required. Thus is it essential 
that pubhc and voluntary agencies committed to 
the goal of assisting older adults to remain in or 
return to their own homes function as multi- 
service agenides insofar as appropriate and 

Many different clusters of services are possible, 
whether established under public, private non- 
profit, or commercial auspices. The clusters of 
services wUl involve different combinations of pro- 
'fessional, non-professional, and volunteer person- 
nel in accordance with the types of services 

For example, a homemaker-ho-me health aide 
program 'involves 'basically a combination of para- 
professional homemakers and professional super- 
visors. The team for a igiven case may include 
a ho'memaker, a social worker or a nurse, perhaps 
a physician, a nutritionist, a physical therapist or 
others, or it may consist only of the homemaker 
and her supervisor. Usually the homemaker is on 
a part-time basis. Thus there is need in many sit- 
uations for contacts on days when the homemaker 
does not visit, a need that can be met by an organ- 
ized telephone program, staffed 'by volunteers. 
Often there is need for chore service, including 
minor householld repairs, Which can ;be provided by 
either a male homemaker or a volunteer. Other 
supportive services may be added or substituted 

which give the plus to the basic health and wel- 
fare service designated nationally as homemaker- 
home health aide service. 

Another example of a widely needed service is 
a friendly visitors program, staffed by volunteers 
under professional supervision. The friendly vis- 
itors help to reduce isolation and stimulate con- 
tinued social relations. Such visitors may oibserve 
the need for a variety of other services in the 
homes they serve. This may call for close ties 
with an information and referral service regard- 
ing public services or for development of a trans- 
portation service to take the older adults to hecilth 
services, to the grocery store, etc. 

The nutrition program being devetopted by the 
Administration on Aging uses the provision of 
meals as the core service. But the policies en- 
vision a 'Wide-ranging cluster of related services 
to promote the health and welfare of individuals 
receiving the meals service. 

Any group offering or planning to offer services 
to older adults in their own homes should evaluate 
the multipUer effeot of a cluster of services on the 
well-being oif those served and concomitantly the 
economies — in time, money, effort, staff — of multi- 
service programs as contrasted with single service 
operations. Inevitably one proigram will lead to 
others so that (the agency 'concerned with an inltiail 
service will hopefully be aible to provide a variety 
of protective and preventive services w^hen and as 
needed in individual situations. 

Services cannot "just grow" for persons in the 
seventies and eighties. They must be carefully 
planned, community by comimunity, so that they 
are readily availalble and accessible throughout a 
given geographic area, and hopefully throughout 
a state. They wiU not meet full need unless they 
serve all economic and social groups, whether on 
a free basis, a sliding scale of fees, or purchase at 
f uH cost. They must ibe adequate not only in quan- 
tity but also in quality. 

Too often the selerted services listed below have 
not ibeen as carefully structured as we now believe 
necessary. For that reason, under each heading 

rlay 3, 1975 

Page Twenty-five 

-here are carefully selected resources which pro- 
nde tested gTiidelines for the particular service, 
t is urged that any agency or group already 
yffering, or considering offering, one or more of 
he services, obtain the reference material and 
;heck ifor consistency With the guidlines enum- 
erated. Special attention is called to the national 
ipproval program for homemaker-home health 
dde services. 

As an over-all reiference, each agency should 
lave available for use by staff and board Let's 
End Isolation, Administration on Aging, DHEW, 
Publication (No. 129, June 1971, availaible from the 
Superintendant of Documents, U.S. Government 
Printing Office, Washing'ton, D.C., 20402, price 
30 cents, or usually free on request from State 
Office on Aging. 

The following list does not include many other 
aseful publications issued by individual agencies, 
(lational, state, and ilocal, ibut it does 'give a sound 
point of departure for the services llsited. As na- 
tional voluntary organizations promote local ser- 
vices programs, they are deeply a'ware that appro- 
priate service, of even the most simple type, means 
service that adheres to accepted standards of qual- 
ity and, hopefully, quantity. 

Senior Centers 

Federal Register, Vol 37, No. 162, Part n. Reg- 
ulations governing Title VH (Nutrition Pro- 
gram) of the Older Americans Act; available 
from State Office on Aging, or Office of State 
and Conununty Programs, Administration on 

I Aging, DHBW, Washington, D.C. 20201. Free. 

I Centers for Older People: Guide for Prog:rams 

I and Facilities, Jean M. Maxwell; available from 
National Council on the Aging, 1828 L Street, 
N.W., Washington, DjC. 20026. Price, $4:50 
How to Organize a Senior Center (Mt) ; available 
from National CouncU on the Aging, 1828 L 
Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Price, 

If you follow the Federal Register guidelines, 
you wiU have an acceptable program. For 
additional information, we reccommend Let's 
End Isolation, Centers for Older People, and 
the kit published by NCoA. 

Escoirt Service 
Volunteer Escort Service, Administration on Ag- 
ing, DHEW (SRS), Fetoruary, 1971; available in 
limited quantity from Administration on Aging, 
DHEW, .Washington, D.C. 20201. Free. 

Home Maintenance and Rei>air 
Home Maintenance and Repair Program for the 
Older Poor, 1972, 34 pp; availaible from National 
Council on the Ag-ing, 1828 L Street, N.W., Wash- 
ington, D.C. 20036. Free 

Repairs on Wheels, 8 pp.; availaible from West- 
moreland County Office of the Aging, 116 West 
Otterman Street, Breensiburg, Pennsylvania 
15601, Free. 

Friendly Visiting 
The Friendly Visitor, 6 pp., 1972 ; available from 
Adult Services of Allegheny County, 429 Forfoes 
Avenue, iRoom 406, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 
15319. Free. 

A Handlraok for Friendly Visitors, 9 pp.; avail- 
aible from Volunteer Action Center, United 
Commimity Services of 'Metropolitan Detroit, 51 
West Warren Avenue, Detroit, MiohlgEin 48210. 

Protective Services 

Protective Services for the Aged, 1971; available 
in limited quantity from Administration on Ag- 
ing, DHEW, Washington, D.C. 20201. Free 
Protective Services Project for Older Adults, 
Community Services, Administration, SI^, 
DHEW, 148 pp. 1971. Available from Superin- 
tendent of Documents, U.S. Government Print- 
ing Office, Washington, DjC. 20402. Price, $1.25 


Group Meals for Senior Citizens in a Community 
Setting, A Procedural Manual, by Gertrude 
Wmett Wagner, 58 pp., 1972 ; available from The 
Hudson Guild Senior Association, 119 Ninth 
Avenue, New York, New York 10011. Price, 

A Home Delivered Meals Program for the Eld- 
erly, Administration on Aging, DHEW (SRS), 
187 pp., 1971; available from Superinitendent of 
Documents, U.S. Government Printinig Office, 
Washington, D.C. 2O402. Price, $1.50. 
Federal Register, Vol. 37, No. 162, Part 11, Reg- 
ulations governing Title VII (Nutrition Pro- 
gram) of the Older Americans Act; available 
from State Office on Aging, or from Office of 
State and Community Programs, Administration 
on Aging, DHEW, Washington, D.C. 20201. Free. 
Nutrition Program for the Elderly, Agricultural 
Research Service, U.S. Department of Agricul- 
ture, 44 pp., 1972; avaUalble from Superintendent 
of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, 
Washington, D.C. 20402. Price, 50 cents. 

Telephone Reassurance 

Establishing Telephone Reassurance Services, 
Office of Economic Opportunity, 21 pp., 1972; 
available froim National Council on the Aging, 
1828 L Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. 


Developing Transportation Services for the Old- 
er Poor; availaible from National Council on the 
Aging, 1828 L Street, OST.W., Washington, D.C. 
20026. Free. 

Information and Referral 

National Standards for Information and Referral 
Services; available from Order Desk, United 
Way of America, 801 North Fairfax, Alexandria, 
Virginia 22314. Price, 1-25 copies, $1.50 each to 
memlbers, $2.00 to non-meimibers ; 26-100 copies, 
$1.25 to memibers, $1.75 to non-members; over 
100, $1.00 to members, $1.50 to non-members. 

Reaching Out, 61 pp., 1971; available in Umlted 
quantity from Administration on Aging, DHEW, 
Washington, D.C. 20201. Free. 

Training for Volunteers 

Material is availaible from National Center for 
Voluntary Action, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue, 
N.W., Washington, D. C. 20036. 

Homemaker-Home Health Aide Services 

Homemaker-Home Health Aide Services Agency 
Approval Program, Decemiber 1971; available 
from National Council for HomemakeriHome 
Health Aide Services, Inc., 67 Irving Place, New 
York, New York 10003. Price $4.60 to members, 
$5.75 to non-members. Includes procedure for 
keeping up to date. Extensive materials on all 
aspects of Homemaker-iHome Health Aide Ser- 
vices also available from the National Council. 

Page Twenty-six 

The Brethren Evangelist 



LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The president of 
Mutual Security Life of Fort Wayne, Indiana, 
Lester C. Gerig, was named NAE Layman of the 
Year at NAE's evening session here Wednesday. 
The award, presented in absentia, recognized 
Gerig's many civic and business achievements, and 
his long-time Invalve'ment in evangelical cooper- 
ative affairs. Among activities listed, Gerig serves 
as president of the Indiana Security Investment 
Corp., as a board member of his denomination, 
the Evangelical Mennonlte Church of North 
America, and as c^halnman of the Board of Trus- 
tees at Taylor University In Upland, Indiana. 


LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Women who are 
Christians are truly liberated, a luncheon group 
was told here today. 

"Women were liberated 2,000 years ago by Jesus 
Christ," Mrs. Rosemary Edington told the NAE 
Women's Fellowship, meeting in conjunction with 
the 33rd Annual Convention of the National Asso- 
ciation of Evangelicals. 

Mrs. Edington, lecturer, Bible teacher, wife of 
an orthopedic surgeon and mother of two sons, 
addressed the women's luncheon on the subject, 
"Women In Evangelism." 

"Christ has put the responsibility to evangelize 
squarely on each of us, without distinction of 
race, sex, status or profession," the black woman 
told her audience of largely white wives and 
mothers. "The Christian woman has every asset 
to proclaim Jesus Christ where she is — to the 
salesman at her door, to the clerk in the store or 
to other mothers in the PTA"; she said; "the 
opportunities are multiple." 

Describing occasions when she gave witness 
to her faith to a woman in a parking lot and the 
man who laid the rugs in her home, she challenged 
the women, "Do you have a message to tell wher- 
ever you go?" 

In a business session, the Women's FeUowshlp 
elected a new national president, Mrs. Carl F. 
Isaac of the Pentecostal HoUness Church, Okla- 
homa City. 


LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Delegates at NAE's 
33rd Annual Convention here approved nine reso- 
lutions on a wide range of social issues affecting 
community welfare and calling for action from 
concerned evangelicals. NAE: 

— ^With increased awareness of persecution of 

practicing Christians in many countries today, 
evangelicals who enjoy freedom of worship and 
witness dare not remain silent and Inactive, there- 
fore, we "call upon Christians world-wide to: 
(1) Pray for all oppressed people w^herever they 
may be and specifically for Christians who are 
persecuted for Jesus' sake, (2) Provide financial 
and other assistance for persecuted Christians 
through appropriate channels, and (3) Protest 
persecution of Christians through official and 
public channels as urgency and judgment demands. 

— Aware that the evangelistic task is executed 
within a sociological context, and that its official 
humanitarian arm, the World Relief Commission, 
is helping feed the hungry, locate water sources 
and Increase food production In 15 countries of 
the world, called on NAE's total membership, both 
collectively and Individually, "to suppart this work 
of mercy by p:-ayer and sacrificial giving; to keep 
themselves informed; and to share this Informa- 
tion with others who want their financial re- 
sources to serve in a dual ministry of food for the 
body and food for the soul." 

— Urged the Congress to preserve the principle 
of private phllanthrcpy as developed throughout 
the history of our nation, particularly by restrict 
ing proposals to eliminate the charitable deduc- 
tion or heavily tax the appreciated portion of 
gifts of property. 

— ^Protested the lowered moral standards relat- 
ing to sex, vulgarity, blasphemy and violence in 
movie ratings, and calls for the motion picture 
and television rating committees to re-work the 
criteria for setting standards in consultation with 
representatives of parents and church groups. 

— ^Urged the National Association of Broadcas- 
ters to adopt a self-imposed code of decency which 
would uplift what is best in man and eliminate 
needless portrayal of those charactecristics which' 
debase him. 

— Urged local associations of evangelicals and 
local churches to encourage their members to 
take the lead in local action to help formulate com- 
munity guidelines, to establish working relations 
with law enforcement authorities, and to draft 
legislation to combat current inroads of businesses 
which center on the pornographic or prurient and 
thus loiwer community standards of decency. 

— We strongly object to the widespread practice 
of magazine, newspaper and television advertising 
which portrays social drinking as attractive, 
healthy and normal behavior for people, asso- 
ciating such behavior with success, beauty and 
enjoyment of the good life, for which the liquor 
Industry spends three million dollars a day. And, 
in recognition of the tremendous influence of 
liquor advertising, especially on the young, we 
call for the passage of Bil H+R. 1659 which 
would prevent the liquor industry from deducting 
the cost of advertising before taxes. 

— ^Called upon all who have been Mected to 
public office and who serve in the public do^main: 
to put the welfare of those they serve above per-' 
sonal and partisan Interests. 

— ^Resolved that the establishing of local and 
state or area associations should be regarded as 
a ministry of high importance for evangelicals 
and that we should pursue all means at our dis-- 
posall to encourage this activity. 

May 3, 1975 

Page Twenty-seven 


Bonnie, Pastor Schwartz, Scott, Sandy 
and Laurie 

In the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia 
lies the countyseat of Harrisontourg, with the little 
white Bethlehem Brethren Church located on its 
southern border. Now, Bethlehem Brethren had 
a difficult fact to realize — ^you just don't replace 
a man like Dr. John Locke, their pastor for more 
than forty years. You praise God for the privilege 
of having a man of his caliber for so many years 
and go into a new era praying that the Lord will 
direct someone to serve the flock of God in the 
days ahead. 

Meanwhile, a former Brethren pastor, Rev. Ed. 
Schwartz was serving the Lord through teaching 
at Hig'hlands Christian Academy in Pompano 
Beach, along the "Gold Coast" of southern Florida. 
He was in love with his little fourth graders, but 
somehow felt that the day would come when his 
sojourn in "Midian" would come to an end. It was 
during this time that he couldn't get a certain 
Brethren congregation in Virginia out of his heart 
and off his mind. He knew its pastor; he knew 
its people; he kneiw they were in love; he knew 
that iUness had smitten their undershepherd and 
had forced him to the sidelines, forcing him to 
lay down his mantel of pastoral ministry. 

It was about this time last year that the Beth- 
lehem Brethren contacted Rev. Schwartz and asked 
him to come and serve as summer pastor at the 
church. The summer proveid to be a time blessed 
by iGod, but too short to see much accomplished 
of lasting quality. The Schwartzes returned to 
Florida determined to be content in their "Midian". 
The Bethlehem Brethren began the task of choos- 
ing the man the Lord would have for them — ^the 
man who would be wise enough not to try and 
fill John Locke's shoes, but pick up his mantel 
and carry on in His service. 

After four months of searching for God's choice 
to be their new under-shepherd, the Bethlehem 
congregation remembered the words with which 
Brother Ed. had left them, "If it is the Lord's will 
for us to return we wUl minister among you as 
your new pastor. In mid-December a call was 
Issued to sunny Florida, asking the Schwartzes 
to evacuate their mobile-home, desert their beach, 
ask the Lord to find a replacement for that class 
of "cherubs" and return to the Shenandoah 
valley to serve at Bethlehem. 

It took to mid-March to make all the necessary 
arrangements; the troupe arrived in Harrisonburg 
as the harbingers of spring, Brother Ed sweetly 
ihformed Veda Liskey. 

For those who may not have been in touch with 
the Schwartzes during their nearly 2 years in 
Florida and those newer folks in the brotherhood, 
here is the latest run-dowm of the family. Besides 
Ed. and Sandy, who are old enough to have held 
two pastorates, two teaching poBitions and serve 
as rural missionaries, there are three children: 
Bonnie, 11, and interested in her music; Laurie, 
6, and interested in her school; Scott, 4, and in- 
terested in everything. 

The Schwartzes are glad to be back in the 
Brotherhooid and thrilled to ibe part of a conigre- 
gfa.tion which is on the growing edge and sees the 
need for its lay-folk to be sharing their faith and 
winning souls for God. After all. Brethren, this 
is what its all about. Isn't it? On behalf of the 
Bethlehem Brethren and its parsonage family, 
Brethren pray for us that we'll make an impact 
on Harrisonburg and Rockingham County which 
wHl count for Christ and for all eternity. 

Page Twenty-eight 

The Brethren Evangelist. 

World Religious News 

in Review 


DALLAS (BP)— Evangelist Billy Graham said 
here that U.S. reluctance to aid Indochina may 
have been a factor in the failure of Secretary of 
State Kissinger's Middle East negotiations. 

"It robbed him of a great deal of credibility," 
Mr. Graham said. He reported that he had met 
wdth Dr. Kissinger shortly after the Mideast talks 
broke down, and said that the Secretary oif State 
was "very disturbed and discouraged." 

The evangelist commented that Dr. Kissinger 
had signed the 1973 Paris Peace agreement "with 
assurances that he would be backed in America." 


NEW YORK (EP)— A Conservative Jewish theo- 
logian has asserted that it is possible to define a 
fetus as "potential human life" and at the same 
time grant that it possesses certain rights. 

Rabbi Seymour Siegel of Jewish Theolo-gical 
Seminary, chairman of the Coimmittee on Jewish 
Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly, 
described his concept of fetal rights at a confer- 
ence here on "Aboirtion and Fetai Research," joint- 
ly sponsored by the seminary and the Rabbinical 

"The 'bias for life,' " he said, "requires that all 
individuals — most especially those involved in the 
healing arts — should direct their efforts toward 
the sustaining of life where it exists; that means 
and procedures which tend to terminate life or 
harm it are unethical; and that where there is a 
doubt, the benefit of that doubt sihoaild always be 
on the side of life." 


COLORADO SPRINGS (EP)— A survey by the 
Christian Booksellers Association of 150 stores 
indicated that the industry was up in average gross 
sales 14.2 per cent over 1973. 

The increased sales, according to CBA Execu- 
tive Vice President John T. Bass, indicate that 
when there are uncertain conditions in the world 
people turn to spiritua:l matters. 

Mr. Bass, speaking to more than 50 publishers 
gathered at King of Prussia, Pa., also attributed 
the growth to new wrriters in the field. 


FRESNO, Calif. (EP)— John B. Conlon, Repub- 
lican Congressman from Arizona, appealed to 
630 men and women gathered at the fifth Mayor's 
Prayer Breakfast in Fresno to encourage spiritual 
concern among the citizens of their communities. 

Conlan gave Mayor Ted C. Willis, a committee 
of 15, and other mayors and community leaders 
what amounted to the popular "Four Spiritual 
Laws" copyrighted by Campus Crusade for Christ. 
A Jewish woman, one of five Fresno supervisors, 
read a passage from the Old Testament; a loced 
judge read a passage from the New Testament. 

General Chairman for the annual meeting was 
William Stockburger; Walter A. Warkentin, execu- i 
five director of Hume Lake Christian Camps, was 
program director. 



SALEM, Ore. (EP)-4Lf the Oregon leigislature ■■ 
enacts a measure that would repeal part of the i 
property tax exemption now enjoyed by such i 
organizations, dire legal consequences wiU result, 
according to heads of the effected groups. 

The representatives testifed before the House 
Revenue Committee on HB 2463 that would re- 
quire religious, fraternal, literary, benevolent and 
scientific organizations to pay all property taxes 
exopt educational levies. 

"The question as I see it is a question of con- 
stitutional guarantees o'f separation of church and 
state," said Glen E. Patterson of the Seventh-day 
Adventist church. "To suject houses of worship to 
taxation would be a serious invasion of the right 
to participate in religious activity." 

Warner Nunn, representing the Boy Scouts of 
America, said the organization would have to cut 
down on services to the 47,000 boys it serves in 
Oregon if the property tax exemption is applied. 
The tax liability each year would be more than 
$20,000 on Boy Scout property, he said. 

Rep. Ted Kulongoski, D-Eugene, testified in 
favor oif the bUl. "The average property owners 
are getting tired of paying higher taxes," he said. 
"One of the reasons their taxes are going up is 
we seem to grant exemptions to new people every 

lay 3, 1975 

Pag;e Twenty-nine 


CHARLESTOWN, W. Va. (EP) — An Inquiry 
'anel established by the National Education Asso- 
iation to study the textbook dispute here has 
aid that the school system must deal with the 
egitimate concerns ot protest leaders. 

But it said there can be "no teaching or learning 
n the public school classroom without the explora- 
ion of values, philosophies, ideologies and relig- 
ous beliefs." 

Among the legitimate concerns of protest lead- 
!rs, it said, were "methods of instruction; increas- 
ng de-emphasis on fundamentals of grammar, 
■eading and mathematics, and . . . general per- 
jnissiveness of the schools." 

I Among the factors producing the textbook con- 
Toversy, the panel declared, were a community 
iivided along lines of class, urban and rural life 
style, religious belief and cultural values, and a 
school system that had grown remote from its 
;onservative, rural communities. 

At the same time the NEA panel condemned 
recent school board action on textbooks that, it 
said, "makes censors of parents" and constitutes 
'an abdication of the board's legal obligation to 
maintain responsible control of the schools." It 
said parents should be involved in selection of 
sducational materials only as advisers. 


PIi:OENIX, Arizona (EP) — "America is losing 
its sense of discipLine and must regain it," warned 
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen at a Salvation Army 
dinner in Phoenix attended by 1,200 people. 

The Roman Catholic archbishop praised the 
;SaIvation Army for its spiritual, strong-minded, 
universal approach to social work. 

"We are losing in this world a spirit of sacri- 
fice and discipline," he said. "But the discipline is 
'rather rigid" in the Salvation Army, which he 
praised as a religious order in the broad sense. 
"You can teU a Salvation Army worker today. You 
can't always teU a nun . . . you can't always tell a 
priest," he said. 

Because discipline remains only in military 
academies and on the football field he said strength 
is shifting to the Communist nations of Russia 
and Red China. 


NEW DELHI (EP)— The mother of Guru 
Maharaj Ji, the 17-year-old Indian leader now liv- 
ing in the U.S. with an American wife, has re- 
nounced her .son. She has accused him of being a 
"spiritually imperfect" playboy instead of a holy 

Shri Mataji (Holy Mother), said he was "re- 
moving" her son as spiritual leader of the stx- 
million-member Divine Light Mission and no longer 
recognizes htm as the "Perfect Master," as he is 
known to his followers. 


AURORA, 111. (EP)— Members of the Evangel- 
ical Press Association have been urged by a form- 
er associate to oppose President Ford's proposed 
gasoline tax. 

Making gasoline available without limit to those 
who can afford it, while penalizing the less afflu- 
ent who must purchase gasohne to commute to 
their places of employment or who require it for 
their business is inequitable," declares Nelson B. 
Melvin, superintendent of Central Advent Chris- 
tian Missions in Aurura, 111. Mr. Melvin was form- 
erly editor of The Advent Christian Witness. 

"In addition to seeing the proposed gas tax as 
a social issue," he told EP News Service, "it can- 
not, if approved, help but increase the spiraling 
rate of inflation." 


SACRAMENTO (EP) — Calling the country's 
welfare rules "confusing and ambiguous," Cahf. 
Governor Edmund Brown Jr. held up a Bible and 
called it "an example of concise, workable rules 
for men." 

Brown, a former Roman Catholic seminary stu- 
dent, stacked 28 volumes of federal and state wel- 
fare laws and regulations on a table in front of 
welfare directors gathered in the California cap- 
ital. Then he held up a thin copy of the Old 

"If I have to take my pick; I'U take this thing 
against that mish-mash any day." 

Brown said welfare costs are reaching crisis 
proportions and "soonething's got to give." 


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (EP)— 5am J. Ervin, Jr., the 
former Senator from North C^olina who chaired 
the Senate Watergate hearings, told a Southern 
Baptist seminar here that the country's existence 
as a free society wiU be in danger if it ever for- 
gets the "tragic truth" of Watergate. 

Addressing the seminar on integrity 'sponsored 
by the Southern Baptist Convention Qiristian Life 
Commission, the Southern Presbyterian layman 
acknowledged that "many Americans do not want 
to hear any more about Watergate. They echo 
Richard M. Nixon's erstwhile plaintive protest that 
one year of Watergate was enough. I believe that 
one minute of Watergate was too much." 

But, he added, "I cannot escape the abiding 
conviction that America wUl imperil her existence 
as a free society if she ever forgets ithe tragic 
truth Watergate teaches in respect to the need 
for integrity in the political process." 

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When a man is too busy to pray, he is busier 
than God wants him to be. 

In America, we can say what we think and, 
even if we can't and don't think, we can say it 

— ^Charles Kettering 

Love is not something to talk about, its some- 
thing one does. 

The empty tomb proves Christianity — but an 
empty church denies it. 

If you cross the International date line you 
lose a day. If you cross the centerline on the high- 
way, you can lose your life. 

Some never think of what they say; others never 
say what they think and both are as boring cis 
those who always say What they think. 

— ^Joel BrowTi 

The best type of criticism is that which leaves 
the person criticized feeling that he has been 

A recent cartoon from THE BRANCH depicted 
this middle-aged gentleman saying: "I'm getting 
sick and tired of all this sin and repentance stuff 
the pastor is preaching about. ... I want a church 
where I can feel COMFORTABLE." He probably 
never heard of the quotation, "It is the pastor's 
duty to comfort the afflicted and afflict the 

Nobody ever seems to forget where he buried 
the hatchet. 

— F. M. Hubbard 

He who laughs — ^lasts. 


statistics can be misleading. Say, six men can 
buUd a boat in one day and therefore one man 
can buUd the same boat in six days. Could six 
boats cross the ocean in one day if it took one boat 
six days to cross the same ocean? 

"Doesn't it ever rain out here?" asked the visitor 
to the Western town. 

"Rain?" answered the village native. "Why, 
we've got bull frogs out here that are 10 years old 
and haven't learned to swim yet." 

Teacher: "Jimmy, give me a sentence contain- 
ing the words, deduct, defeat, defense, and detail." 

Jimmy, after a bit of thought: "Defeat of de- 
duct go over defense ibefore detjiil." 

The doctor said, he'd have me on my feet in 
30 days." 

"Was he right?" 

"He sure was. I had to sell my car at the end 
of the month to pay his bUl." 

"Bessy," the society matron asked her cook, 
"what were those strange greens we had for 
supper tonight? 

"Well, ma'am," replied Bessy, "You know those 
geraniums you saw this morning that you said 
looked good enough to eat?" 


"Well, you just did." 

The quickest way to wipe a contented look off a 
man's face is to put a dish cloth in his hand. 

The traffic cop pulled the battered car over 
after observing it crashing its way down Main 
Street, leaving a path of dented fenders, broken 
telephone poles and spurting fire hydrants. When 
he asked for the driver's license, he found that 
the driver didn't have one. 

"Don't you know you can't drive without a 
license?" He asked the man behind ithe wheel. 

"Oh, So that's the problem. I thought I was 
having all that troiiible because I forgot my 
glasses," the driver replied. 

Vlay 3, 1975 

Page Thirty-one 


[f you and I today should stop and lay 

Dur life work down, and let 

Our hands fall where they will — 

Fall down to lie quite stiU — 

And if some other hand should come aind stoop 

to find 
The thread we carried, so that it could wiind, 
Beginning where we stopped; if it should come 

to keep 
Our life work going, seek 
To carry out the good design 
Distinctively made yours, or mine. 
What would it find? 

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Jv NASHVILLE (BP)— For decades professional 
3hristian educators predicted — even anticipated — 
he death of the Sunday school, 
f Now they are afraid the prediction will come 
rue, at least in so-called mainline Protestant 

Efforts to understand what ails the Sunday 
school and to restore it to health are underway, 
as indicated by a "Confrontation Sunday School" 
consultation held here by the United Methodist 
Christian Educators Fellowship. 

It was commonly conceded at the meeting that 
while Sunday school remains strong in evangelical 
Churches and sects, it is declining in mainline 

Since 1959, United Methodist Sunday school 
attendance has declined 22.7 per cent. Seventy- 
seven per cent of all the schools in the 10 million- 
member Church have less than 100 active persons; 
only 3.1 per cent have more than 300 members. 

Most of the 230 persons taking part in the con- 
sultation here were (professional Christian educa- 
tors. The program was the first of two meetings, 
the second scheduled for Dallas in April. 
There was a time when some professional church 

educators thought Sunday morning classes were 
old-fashioned and should be replaced by newer 
educational methods. However, no alternative as 
sustaining or as viable has been proposed. 

"Whereas most peo^ple describe Sunday school 
as a standoff and faUure, it is a remarkable suc- 
cess," Dr. Robert Lynn of Auburn Theological 
Seminary, New York, told the consultation. 

"Wherever evangelical Protestantism is strong 
there you wall find a vibrant Sunday school," said 
the United Presbyterian clergyman, a specialist 
in the history of U.S. education and co-author of 
a history of the Sunday school movement. 

Dr. Lynn said the real test of American Prot- 
estantism will come in treatment of the Sunday 

John W. Westerhoff HI, a professor of religious 
education at Duke University, Durham, N.C., con- 
fessed that he has a renewed appreciation of the 
Sunday School. 

"If it were not for the Sunday school the church 
would have died long ago," he said. "Nevertheless, 
Sunday schools in small mainline churches are 
sick; sick in part because they have tried to be- 
come modern church schools and failed. 

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►lay 17, 1975 

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By the Way 



Father's Day is the day that is set aside to pay 
lomage to that person who is referred to in the 
Scriptures as the head of the household. Well, 
serhaps he gets to enjoy such attention on this 
specially designed day. 

On other days . . .? It has t>een said that 
VIother's Day comes once a year and Father's 
Day comes every payday. "Honey, I need this." 
'Daddy, I need that" etc. etc. Or perhaps like the 
quotation on the plaque reads: "The opinions ex- 
pressed 'by the head of this household are not 
lecessarily those of the management." Or perhaps 
A^e have an isolated case here and there somewhat 
like the son who enthusiastically rushed up to his 
father and said, "Dad, I got the part in the play 
Df a man that's been married twenty-five years." 
'Well, Son," said the father, "that's a good start, 
some day you may get a speaking part." 

This reminds us of the remark made about some 
men who would speali out of turn if they had one. 
Well, at least they have a choice to be categorized, 
hthey are either quiet or gabby, either way they 
jhave little to say. 

I But to get on a more serious note albout Father's 
fbay, it might well be a day for Dad to do a little 
evaluating of his position as a father, how he 
stacked up as a faither in the past, his status as 
one today, and how he can handle the important 
office in 'the future. 

Perhaps he may reflect -back to the past with 
a certain amount of remorse as to the inadvertent 
: neglect shown to wife and children while he was 
'engrossed in the responsibilities of feeding, cloth- 
ing and providing a roof over their heads. 

A. E. Kitteredge put it rather well when he said, 
"I suppose that every parent loves -his child; buit 
I know, without any supposing, that in a large 
number of homes *he love is ihldden behind author- 
ity, or its expression is crowded out by daily 
duties and cares." 

Perhaps he may recall the occasion when Junior 
asked, "Dad, what is that for?" "Dad, Why does 
this happen?" "Dad, do you know who did so and 
so?" "Hey, Dad, are 'miy questions 'bothering you?" 
. . . "Why ... no Son, you'll never leam anything 
if you don't ask." 

It has 'been said and perhaps too often ithat, 
"He is a sefldC-made man." Perlhaps that self-made 

man's son or daughter heard him make that state- 
ment with braggadocio. There is a very eminent 
danger present that these younsters may come 
up with the question, "If you're a self-made man, 
what on earth did you make yourself like that 

There isn't a concerned father in the world, this 
writer included, who by diUgently researching his 
past couldn't find some areas of his responsibilities 
of providing a home for his family where, were 
it possible to turn back the clock, he would be 
both a pal and a father, not just one or the other, 
and doing perhaps a rather poor job of either one. 
Would be much more patient in his expectation of 
his son to be what he himself may have wished 
to be. 

Adlal E. Stevenson once said, "There was a time 
when father amounted to something in the United 
States. He was held in esteem in the community; 
he had some authority in his own household; his 
views were sometimes taken seriously by his chil- 
dren; and even his wife paid heed to him from 
time to time." There is no reason in the world why 
this quotation had to be uttered in the past tense. 

Fathers need not be accused, tried, judged and 
convicted of male chauvinism as they make the 
effort to rule the home as outlined according to 
God through His Holy Word. And home can be 
likened to the ground floor of Heaven, and the 
departure from life of any member of that family 
as just going upstairs. (G.S.) 

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The remaining nineteen who would visit the 
second niission point on the Work and Worship 
Tour, flew on to Buenos Aires stopping in Lima, 
Peru ifor one hour's visit, shopping at the duty- 
free airport shop. 

At Buenos Aires we were met by Juan Carlos 
Miranda; Bill, Sharon, Todd and Heidi Winter; and 
Ray Aspinall. This was a happy reurtion for the 
William FeUs, parents of Sharon Winter, it being 
their first visit to Argentina. Juan Carlos Miranda 
quickly whisked us through custo^ms and on to 
Nogaro Hotel by rented cars with drivers who 
disregarded red lights and most all caution signs. 
Our stomachs were already a little 'weezy" which 
we attributed to strange water, food and altitude 
but Juan Carlos quickly diagnosed it as a "Colom- 
oian bug". Our First-Aid man, John RandaU from 
Warsaw was kept busy issuing charcoal polls and 
liquid medicine. In spite of this, three couples were 
too sick to leave the hotel and many of the rest 
were unable to enjoy the barbecue and other 
delicious food prepared for us by the Riveros and 
the Winters and served to us In the recording 
studio adjoining the Nunez Church, where Ricardo 
Rivero serves as pastor. 

From the studio the tour bus took us to Bernal 
Church where Pastor Jose Anton serves. We were 
impressed by the enthusiastic participatio in the 
song service by both the young and the old. One 
man went forward for a first time confession and 
later was in attendance during the Spiritual Con- 
ference at Eden where he was further fed on 
the word. Following the service we were graciously 
served bountiful refreshments on the roof patio. 

Friday, January 31, with a full crew, we toured 
the city of Buenos Aires by chartered bus and by 
foot. We saw government buildings and the harboi 
of the Rio de la Plata where Aristotle Onassis, n 
native Argentinean started his journey to fame 
and fortune. 

We went to the train station where we boarded 
a Japanese built train and departed for Rosario 
where we had the pleasant experience of watching 
the country go by from our car windows while 
eating our evening meal. This was our first oppor- 
tunity to see their rich pasture lands and the 
famous Argentine herds, where cattle outnumber 
people, three to one. Mrs. Aspinall, Kathy and 
Claudia met us at the station where we boarded a 
bus for the final leg of our trip to Eden Bible 
Institute (arriving about 12:30 a.m.) where we 
would work and worship for the next two weeks. 

Saturday, February 1, we washed clothes, took a 
siesta, and started getting acquainted with 
Instituto Biblico Eden. We were quartered in the 
main institute building which we found to be in 
need of redecorating. This we proceeded to do as 
part of our work which also included the con- 
struction of chalk boards made from Juan Carlos 
Miranda's shipping crates. Construction of side 
walks and patio was supervised by the nationals 
and our men worked With them. Other helpful 
projects of repair and maintenance as well as 
cleaning out the swimming pool were accom- 
plished. Our ladies helped with the cooking, sew- 
ing mattress covers, painting, doing laundry and 

Photo credit — LaVergne Stone 

The Work and Worship Tour leaving 

Medellin and heading for Argentina, their 

second point of visit. 

Photo credit — LaVergne Stone 

A disctission in the Miranda home with 

I. to r. — Ray Aspinall, missionary ; Joh7i 

Randall, Carl Barber, James Payne, Rodger 

Geaslen, tour members; and Jvxin Miranda, 


May 17, 1975 

Page Five 

Five men from our group went with Juan Carlos 
by car to Victoriia, a four liour drive, arriving 
about 8:45 p.m. A worship service was presented 
in which one young lady accepted Christ. A fellow- 
ship period followed the worship service and Jon 
Barber and Tom Keplinger lost a ping-pong game 
to the Victoria girls. The boys contented the 
Victoria girls played by their own set of rules. 

They checked in at the hotel about 10:30 which 
was far from the luxury of a Howard Johnson's. 
At this late hour they were served a steak dinner 
and consumed seven quarts of soft drinks. They 
returned about 12:30 a.m. arising the next morn- 
ing and returning to the Victoria church for morn- 
ing worship. Carl Barber spoke again on Sunday 
morning. At the conclusion of the service the group 
visited the home of one of the Victoria members. 
After dinner they returned to the church for a 
siesta. At 4:00 P.M. they visited the Quinto Cuartel 
Chapel which was constructed of mud and grass. 
They proceeded then to the Rincon Del Dol church 
where two young girls teach children and adults 
to read and write. The eight mile road back to the 
church had dust from two to four inches deep. 
It was so hot in the chapel that services were held 
in the front yard. At thus service three ladies re- 
newed their commitment to Christ at Pastor 
Barbers invitation. 

At Eden we found the Child Evangelism Youth 
Workers Conference just ending and Saturday 
-evening the Argentine Churches Youth Cainp just 

On Sunday morning Mve found the Soldini church 
within easy walking distance of Eden. Pastor 
Armando Ortiz who also works at the Institute 
-and Wife Suzanne gave us a warm welcome. Our 
group was used in the service in that we sang 
some choruses in Spanish, Becky sang and Jim 
Payne gave a short study of the "Opens" in Luke 
24. Reverend Curtright brought the message. At 
the end oif the service each lady was presented 
a lovely carnation corsage (with a kiss). 

In the afternoon after siesta, by bus we toured 
to the El Redentor Church in VUla Constitucion 
Which though small and incomplete was quite 
'impressive with its good architectural design and 
constructed by the initiative of one layman, Raul 
j Moreno, who lives adjacent to it. He with the help 
of a few other men even made the blocks. His 
lovely daughter Adrianna and friend Elsa Diaz 
are working their way through Eden Bible Insti- 
tute. We then went to the Central Church also 
in Villa Constitucion. This is a larger congregation 
land building and here we found construction in 
progress for a yet larger sanctuary. After this 
■ service we enjoyed a delightful fellowship on their 
patio lawn. Here with songs, food and fellowship 
we became acquainted wdth members of this con- 
gregation whom 'we met again during the Spiritual 

February 3, Monday, after breakfast and devo- 
tions we commenced the various work projects 
mentioned ibef ore. Each -member of the crew, hav- 
ing recovered from periods of illness now partici- 
pated in this work -week. 

Deliveries of bread and milk by horse and two 
wheeled cart deEghted us iby its picturesque 
appearance and many pictures iwere taken. We 

Photo credit — LaVergne Stone 

Bulletin boards being made from Miranda's 

shipping crates. We see Bill Miisser, Lee 

Carey and Albert Curtright on 

the ivork scene. 

Photo credit — LaVergne Stone 

Bill Miisser reading scHpture with 

missionary H. Raymond Aspinall at the 

Soldini Church. 

Photo credit — LaVergne Stone 

The quaint bread ivagon that fascinated 
all the visitors. 

were all excited and interested in the vintage 
models of vehicles that were in active use. 

The religious superstition of vast numbers oif 
the people was impressed upon us when one day 
our tour bus stopped at a roadside shrine to a 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

. Photo credit — LaVergne Stone 

A major function of work at Eden Bible 
Institute was repairing tvalls and painting. 
On ladders are Jim Payne, Rodger Geaslen 
and Albert Curtright. John Barber is tvork- 
ing from the floor. 

woman who died O'f thirst and whose baby had 
survived. Here some JHowers and dozens of bottles 
of water had been placed by worshipful Argen- 
tineans. This points out how open these people are 
to a religious experience they can relate to. The 
Evangelical Christians in the land have brought to 
them a far more satisfying experience than this 
with the story of the whole gosipel of Christ With 
the resurrection and a spirit led life. We see a 
tremendous opportunity for a continued effort oif 
our missionaries and it certainly encourages us to 
support them in this great work. 

Of special interest to the farmers in our group 
we observed lots of com ripening and soybeans 
in various stages of maturity and the very flat 
country. We visited two churches served by Pastor 
Walter Terrazas, the first at iFirimat, an attractive 
but small facility. We were served refreshments 
then went on to Bombal where the church is larger 
and loicated directly on the outside edge of the city 
plaza. A new parsonage is just completed there 
and after a short service we were again treated 
to a time of fellowship and refreshments. 

Friday, February 7, we worked hard all morning 
then after dinner we went into Rosario by bus 

and did some sight-seeing. Our first stop was at a 
park then on downtown to the galeria (shopping 
area) ending up at their monument to their flag. 
Several of us went up into this 250 foot monument 
that overlooks the Parana River and the city o(f 
Rosario. From there we went to the Aspinall resi- 
dence where we enjoyed refreshments and browsed 
around their house and back lawn where they have 
two large Century plants. After leaving the 
AspinaU residence we visited two churches psis- 
tored by Hector Labanca in Rosario. The first, a 
portable buUding and then to the central church 
of Rosario. We remember this church for three 
reasons. First its very useful, convenient construc- 
tion, second because Professor Klingensmith at 
Ashland College had become interested in the work 
and was very instrumental in the construction and 
support of it and third, it was where Juan Carlos 
Miranda grew up. Here again after a service in 
which Carl Barber brought the message we were ■■ 
entertained on their enclosed patio with a fra- 1 
grant grape vine overspreading it. 

Saturday, February 8, in preparation for the 
Spiritual Conference bringing in representatives 
of aU our churches of Argentina we made room 
by moving out of the Institute building. The i 
women went to the Miranda's house and the men, 
with some misgivings from both them and their i 
wives, moved to a shed type building on the back- 
side of the campus. This building was improved 
much with a new coat of blue and white white- 
wash and we reinforced some bunk beds which 
accommodated them very comfortably. The bath- 
room was more spacious and we delighted in the 
gas-fLred shower head. This will be the home of a 
neiwly married couple, he being a seminary student, 
coming this March. 

On this day Mrs. Eleanor Romanenghi returned 
from a vacation to her quarters which we had been i 
using. It was a joy to meet this gracious lady who 
as a daughter of Dr. C. F. Yoder came to Argen- 
tina at the age of four. Dr. Yoder was the founder 
of the Argentine Missions in 1910. 

Sunday, February 9, the Spiritual Conference ■ 
continued with an address by David Sommerville, , 
graduate of Kansas State University with a major 
in Spanish literature. He was a very able and I 
interesting speaker and he spoke four times dur- 
ing the conference. He came to South America as - 
a missionary with the Plymouth Brethren. He 
and his family now live in Chile and he is a pro- 
fessor at two colleges. His ability to share with 
us in English enriched our experience with him 
at the Conference. There was no business con- 
ducted at this conference. In October business is : 
conducted at a separate conference. 

At the suggestion of Juan Carlos Miranda, our 
tour group served tables the first two days of ' 
conference. The group was also responsible for ■ 
Sunday and Monday services and our pastors gave 
messages and other members read scripture and 
led in songs. We were fortunate in catching some 
of the memibers of Pastor Jose Anton's church 
practicing so secured them for a special number. 
Two lovely sisters, EUzalbeth Eugenia Ahnzano and 
Gloria Elizabeth Franco Fresnco, sang to their 
brother, Dony Elenor's, accompaniment on a 

The Bill Fells and Sharon Winter arrived Man- 

May 17, 1975 

Page Seven 

day afternoon and their presence greatly enlivened 
the atmosphere with Bill's boo^mlng voice and 
Sharon playing the accordian wWle Becky sang 
for the service that evening. Other music sprang 
up after the service ended that evening and fellow- 
ship in songs continued on into the night. 

We were especially interested and thrilled to 
hear reports of the growing churches and camps 
initiated by these representatives of several 

February 11 their Pastor's Conference began in 
the evening and Reverend Carl Barber of our 
Chandon, Virginia church brought several mes- 
sages and led in round table discussions with them, 
describing the church as one body with many mem- 
;bers all differing in nature but all vital to the 

February 12, Wednesday evening found our 
group preparing to leave, expressing fond fare- 
wells and giving and receiving gifts. A love gift 
was presented to the Aspinalls and Mirandas at 
this time also and it wUl ibe used for needs at the 
Eden Bible Institute. We went to bed tired and 
happy only to be awakened about 1:30 A.M. by 
enthusiastic, melodious, affectionate songs of love 
and farewell accompanied by accordian and mouth 
organ. The following morning many oif the same 
people were on hand With more farewell greetings 
and good wishes for a safe trip and a speedy re- 
turn. Under a beautiful Argentine sunrise we left 
Eden by bus for Rosario to catch the train into 
Buenos Aires. 

This last day was invested in patronizing some 
very nice souvenir shops and a visit by six of our 
people with the American Ambassador, William 
C. Hill. He had ibeen contacted earlier both by 
ilndiana Congressman Bud HUlis and a caH from 
Bill Winter to secure the appointment. He showed 
much interest and approval of our Mission Tour 
and its purpose stating that he himself was a 
Baptist and involved in mission work in Jamaica 
at one time. He asked for a banner emblem which 
we had brought from Eden and Juan Carlos 
Miranda feels this speaking acquaintance could be 
very beneficial in the future. This last night to- 
gether was climaxed With a steak dinner served 
banquet style in Nogaro Hotel. After this there 
was a sharing period which we reflected the 
benefits of the tour and heard suggestions on how 
another tour might be even more successful. 

At this point we all want to express our deepest 
appreciation and gratitude to our Missionary Board 
and staff at Ashland for their helpful cooperation 
and counsel in organizing and preparing for the 

Our becoming Ibetter acquainted with the mis- 
sionaries and their families has been a great 
blessing and work with them has increased our 
love and appreciation for them. 

Report made by James Payne, Pres. 
[National Layman's Organization 
assisted by Fae Musser of Bryan, OH 


A Hml Mitiha Mhittfij h Si. huniafi, Flttiil 
"Xil^ 0\ K'f""": (^ 


The title for this "traveling report" is used ad- 
visedly — from the T.V. program by the same 
name. At this writing we are "Movin' On" in our 
Stationwagon "semi-trucJk" across 1-70 between 
Dayton and Columlbus — on April 10th. It's the first 
day in the last 10 we haven't had extensive travel 
or a Workshop. 'Looking forward to catching our 
ibreath in Columlbus (visiting family and friends) 
toefore going on to Zanesville tomorrow noon for 
2 Workshops there. Phil thinks the bellman at the 
Motel in Dayton ibeUeved him when he said he had 
to pack the stationwagon with a shoehorn. 
* * * 

Just completed 5 of 8 Workshops scheduled on 
this tour. Already we have ibeen to: 

— ^Huntsville, Alabama (iFirst United Methodist 
Church) . . . where the tornado warnings that 
first evening kept everyone slightly appre- 
hensive, especially since it was the anniver- 
sary eve of the devastating tornadoes in that 
area a year befoaie. 

— Gretna, Ohio (Gretna Brethren Church) . . . 
where hospitality abounds with plenty of good 
help to set up and dismantle, delicious home- 
made cookies, and the renewal of past warm 

— Troy, Ohio (First United Metho'dlst Cliurch) 
. . . where the Children's Coordinator's en- 
thusiasm for our coming was dearly evident 
by her cordial greeting and involving her 
whole family in helping us unload . . . and 
where we were privileged to worship with 
that congregation on Sunday morning. 

— ^Ashland, Ohio (Ashland Theological Semin- 
ary) . . . where the chapel pews were re- 
arranged along the walls and down the center 
to display our Brethren House ideas . . . leav- 
ing only the floor as a "resting place" for the 
65-plus participants who attended chapel and 
■the other short instructional periods. 

— Dayton, Ohio (Corinth Blvd. Presbyterian 
Church) . . . where a large, enthusiastic group 
of 85 attenders from Metho-dist, Presbyterian, 
Brethren, Episcopal, and Church of the Breth- 
ren Churches filled the big FeUowship Hall 
we had prepared vnth displays. 
* * * 

We are always encouraged to have Brethren 
participation on Workshop Tours of this kind. In 
addition to the Gretna Brethren (who attended 
in their own church) there were: 

4 from West Alexandria at Gretna, 
3 from Dayton Hillcrest at Troy, 

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The Brethren Evangelist 

A few Bret±Lren from the Ashland area at 

the Seminary, 
2 from Gratis at Dayton. 

A particular desire to attend the Workshops was 
demonstrated (and appreciated) by the bus-load 
who drove 80 miles from Birmingham to Hunts- 
ville, those who came 100 miles from another 
southern Alabama community, the two students 
from Nashville, Tennessee, who came 65 miles, 
the West Alexandria Brethren who came 85 miles 
to Gretna, and those who came from Findlay and 
Norwalk to the Seminary in Ashland — . . .(all 
miileage given is one way.) 

The Ashland Seminary Chapel was a crowded, 
but lively, place to spend a Workshop day. Our 
duties included a Chapel presentation in the morn- 
ing for the students, a class-session and open meet- 
ing in the afternoon (when many teachers from 
the area came in) and some Workshop activities 
in the evening (when several Sem-wives joined 
the group too). We were especially pleased to 
share Christian Education materials with those in 
training for future service in many different 
churches. And their interest in examing the ma- 
terials and discussing concepts was gratifying. We 
trust the Lord that the day together might be 
beneficial to many teachers and children in the 
years ahead. 

* * =f: 

In actuality what we've said about the Seminary 
Workshops is also descriptive of the others as 
well. Most encouraging to find teachers eager to 
learn, try out new ideas, and take another look at 
how they .might improve themselves and their 

— ^One said, "I was considering giving up my 
position as Church School Superintendent because 
I was so discouraged. But now I am charged up 
and eager to go back home and see if I can get 
things roUing again." 

— ^One wrote, "This has opened me to more 
approaches to teaching. Thank you. Keep up the 
good work." 

— ^Another wrote, "So many ways to help project 
our ideas to the children. An inspiration to go on 
to bigger and better things for the kids." 

— Another wrote, "I learned practical applica- 

tions that related to the abstract philosophical 
principles of education so that I can now be a 
doer as well as a believer in the long-term values 
of 'involvement' in one's own education." 

— Another wrote, "The most important thing I 
learned was the idea of teaching each individual 
child and meeting their needs rather than con- 
centrate on teaching curriculum. We tend to for- 
get easily the importance of each individual child." 

— Another wrote, "I learned the immensity of 
the things one can do to reach children and that 
ideas will come to aU of us if we open ourselves 
to the possibilities." 

— Another said, "I've learned so much my mind 
is overflowing. I move to a very large room next 
Sunday. I can hardly wait to get started." 

One lady came up to us at the Dayton Workshop 
and reported, "I was in St. Petersburg last week 
and caUed Brethren House several times — but got 
no answer. Finally I reached Jean and she then 
told me you had already left and you were go-ing 
to he in Dayton now. So, although I just got home 
from Florida yesterday, I had to come tonight." 
It was exciting to exchange ideas with her con- 
cerning the learning community at her church. 
And to think that all of this exchange started be- 
cause she subscribes to our Newsletter and made 
an attempt to look us up while in Florida. 
* * * 

Yet to go on this Tour are Visits to Zanesville, 
Ohio (RolUng Plains United Methodist Church) 
for 2 Workshops; Oak HiU, West Virginia (First 
Brethren Church) for both Sunday Services on 
April 13th; and Charlotte, North Carolina (Sardis 
Presbyterian Church) for 2 Workshops. Thus con- 
cluding 17 days of travel and 16 programs or 
Workshop sessions. . . . (And do you realize that 
we've only scraped one telephone pole thus far?) 

What wUl the future hold? Perhaps a chance to 
follow-up on the inquiries to us about Workshops 
next year in Anniston, Alabama ... or something 
in the Ashland-Mansfield area . . . and something 
for the Methodists in southern Ohio (which is 
what their district education official would like). 
Approaching the Columbus 
City Limits, 

Bonnie and Phil 

A Full-fime General Secretary 


Since July 1, 1974, Wasinda Mshelia has been 
serving the Eastern District (or "Lardin Gabas") 
0(f the Church of Christ in the Sudan as its first 
full-time general secretary. The church gained its 
independence in March, 1972, after 49 years of 
Church of the Brethren work in northeastern 

Mallam (Mrs.) Wasinda comes to his post from 
a career as a primary and secondary school teacher 
and a pastor. A graduate of Waka Teachers' Col- 
lege and the Theological CoiUege of Northern 

Nigeria (TCNN), he served for a number of years 
as pastor of the Waka congregation. 

With arrangements for a permanent church 
headquarters incomplete, Mallam Wasinda pres- 
ently has his office at Shafa, his home tO'Woi. The 
38-year-old churchman and his wife Saratu have 
five children. 

From Shafa he travels — mostly on his Honda 
175, supplied by the church — among the widely 
scattered 51 congregations of Lardin Gaibas. Busi- 
ness often takes him 75 mUes east to Kulp Bible 

May 17, 1975 

Page Nine 


When Wasinda Mshelia began his ivork 
last July as General Secretary of the Lardin 
Gahas church, it marked the first time that 
'the recently independent district had been 
'under full-time Nigerian leadership). 

School, where faciUties are maintained for con- 
ferences and committee and board meetings. 

Mallam Wasinda describes himself as a "Ni- 
gerian Loren Bowman," referring to the Church 
of the Brethren general secretary in the U.S. 
Appointed by Lardin Gabas' General Council, he 
serves as the executive officer for that group, 
administers the Lardin Gabas program, supervises 
iits employees, and appoints its personnel. In addi- 
tion he represents Lardin Gabas in the Fellowship 
of the Churches otf Christ in the Sudan (known 
by the Hausa acronym, TEKAS) and other 
Nigerian and world Christian bodies. 

The genial Bura tribesman finds himself at home 
fin all parts oif Lardin Gabas through his long 
i association with school teachers and church work- 
ers. One of his outstanding traits is an abiUty to 
identify with people, his education and sophistica- 
tion do not get in his way as he makes himself 
at home in the humblest local congregation. 

The general secretary points out with satis- 
faction the growing number of new converts and 
congregations in his newly independent denom- 
ination. Much of the growth is taking place in the 
eastern areas of the district, which has not felt as 
much impact from Islam. A recent aid to the 
Gospel's spread there is the translation of the 
New Testament into Higi, the major language of 
the New Testament into Higi, the major language 
Off that area. 

Another growing area is in the northiwestern 
corner of Lardin Gabas, centered on Buni and 
Gabai, where the Bomo Railways has opened areas 
to settlement. At Biu, where the pioneer mission- 
aries Albert Helser and Stover Kulp originally had 
hoped to settle in 1923, a new congregation was 
recently established. 

Evangelism, once the sphere of the missionary 
churchmen, is now completely in the hands of 
iNigerians. Under the indigenous supervision a 
new approach to evangelism — called "team evan- 
gelism" — is proving very successful. Three teams 
are presently fielded, working in the NgosM, Fali- 
Gude and Wandali areas. Each team consists Oif 
three people: a leader (who (must toe a TCNN grad- 

Lardin Gabas is still an area tvhere 
churches may be located in isolated villages, 
far from the highways. In his work as gen- 
eral secretary, Wasinda Mshelia depends on 
his Honda 175 to reach his scattered con- 
stituents. In one month he may travel sev- 
eral hundred miles, many of them over rocky 
foot paths or dry season traces. 

uate), an assistant (who must be a Kulp Bible 
School graduate), and a health worker. The three 
present a program of preaching, healing and teach- 
ing. The present team leaders are Anduwi Marya, 
Zira Dia Kwaha and FUibus Gwama. 

Pointing to other progress in Lardin Gabas, 
Mallam Wasinda notes that Kulp Bible School' is 
being upgraded toward the level of the Theological 
College of Northern Nigeria and will offer a cer- 
tificate course in 1976 in addition to its regular 
and advanced courses. To encourage training for 
pastors, Lardin Gabas offers scholarships to send 
persons to TCKN and to Kulp Bible School's ad- 
vanced class. Currently Kulp Bible School prin- 
cipal Mamadu K. MshelbUa is studying at Eliza- 
bethtowTi College in Pennsylvania, being spon- 
sored by the Basel Mission, which works in eastern 
Lardin Gabas. 

Continuing his enumeration of progress signs, 
the general secretary sees the several new trans- 
lations of the New Testament as assurance of 
future spreading of Christianity in Lardin Gabas. 
Aside from the aforementioned Hig'i New Testa- 
ment, the Bura New Testament is currently under- 
going a new translation by a Bura scholar, pro- 
fessionally trained as a translator. A Margi New 
Testament committee held its first meeting last 
November, and a KUibaz New Testament is being 
produced by a neighboring Danish Lutheran 

With literacy in Lardin Gabas growing and the 
Gospel soon to be available to all in English, 
Hausa, Bura, Margi, Hiigi and KUba, Mallam 
Wasinda looks to the future and his work as 
Lardin Gabas general secretary wdth confidence 
and hope. 

This article is reprinted by 
permission from the 
MESSENGER, April 1975 edition 

1 Dick and Kitty Winfield serve as mis- 
sionaries at Kulp Bible School 

2 Grieves are working in KSllba translation 

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Deborah Seaman is the daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Lenny Seaman of Ashland. She is a memiber 
of the Park Street Brethren Church, and a church 
school teacher in the Beginners Department, in 
addition to being a teacher and superintendent in 
the Vacation Bible School. She works at Brethren 
Care in the summer and in the College Library in 
the winter. 

Debbie went on the European Education tour in 
the spring of 1975. She has played clarinet and 
bassoon in the marching and concert bands for 
three years. She is a member of the Student Edu- 
cation Association, Council for Exceptional Chil- 
dren, Kappa Delta Pi, the education honorary 
society, and has been on the academic honors list 
during her college years. 

Debbie's degree is a Bachelor of Science In Edu- 
cation. She will graduate with dual certificates in 
Elementary Education and EMR (Educable Men- 
tally Retarded) plus Reading and Kindergarten 
certificates. Dehlbie plans to teadh in one of these 

Paula Gray is the daughter of the Rev. and 
Mrs. Paul Tinkel of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She 
finished her college education and was married to 
Dan in December. They are members of the 
Crestwood Brethren Church in Fort WajTie; Dan 
is the Minister of Christian Educatian, and Paula 
is the church secretary. 

Paula has been a member of the Arizona- 
Wyoming team and the Learning Center team of 
Fort Wayne. She has served on the Brethren Youth 
CouncU for 4 years, treasurer for the National 
Brethren Youth, literature secretary and vice 
president of National Sisterhood of Mary and 

In college, Paula was a member of Kappa Delta 
Pi, the education honorary society, and Kalon, the 
Senior Women's Honorary organization. She was 
vice president of Amstutz Hall, judicial head of 
Clark Hall, and a member of the Judicial Court 
of WSGA. 

Paula's degree is the Bachelor of Science in 
Education. In addition to being a minister's Wife, 
she plans to be an elementary teacher. 

May 17, 1975 

Page Eleven 

-Maircia Stoiffer is the daughter of Norman 
MoPherson and the late Mrs. MoPherson of the 
Gretna (O'hio) Brethren Church. She is married 
to Dale, who will graduate from the Theological 
Seminary in June. 

Marcia completed her college work in December 
and lis the oififice secretary for the denominational 
Board of Christian Education. While in college, 
she was a member of Kappa Delta Pi and the 
Chapel Choir, in addition to being a CoUegiate 
Crusader and vice president of Sem Wives. 

Her degree is a Bachelor of Science in Educ- 
tion. Following graduation and ordination for Dale, 
they will move to Pasadena, California, where 
Marcia hopes to teach and Dale will attend Fuller 
Tliealogical Seminary. Dale is the son of Mr. and 
Mrs. Thomas Stoffer of Canton. 

Sarah Keffer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Dick B. Keffer of Ashland, and a member of the 
Park Street Brethren Church. At the church Sarah 
teaches the church school class of 7th and 8th 
grade girls, and directs the Cherub Choir. 

She was on the European Education tour of 
1975, has been on the academic honors list during 
her four college years, and is a member of Kappa 
Delta Pi, the education honorary soiciety. She vol- 
unteers as a swimming instructor with handi- 
capped children at the YMCA and works as a 
teacher in the summer day-camp program at Dale- 
Roy School for the -mentally retarded. 

With a Bachelor of Science in Education degree, 
Sarah plans to be an elementary teacher, and will 
continue her education to keep abreast of the ever- 
changing ideas that occur. 

Kenneth Van Duyne is the son of Mr. and Mrs. 
Frederick Van Duyne from the Tiosa (Indiana) 
Brethren Church. He is married to Sherry, the 
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Barnhart. Ken's 
degree is the Bachelor of Science in Business 
Management, and he has a religion minor. 

Summers have been spent in camp work. He has 
counseled at Shipshewana, and has 'been program 
director for Camp Bethany since January 1973. 

Ken may continue at Ashland to obtaiin his 
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, and 
then attend the Theological Seminary for addi- 
tional training. He wants to devote more time and 
effort to the camping ministry of the churoh. 

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The Brethren EvangeUst 

Sharon Crissman is the daughter of Rev. and 
Mrs. Thomas Kidder in Brush Valley, Pennsyl- 
vania. She is 'married to Earl, who will graduate 
from the Theological Seminary in June. Sharon 
has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 
Education, and completed her work in December. 
She has been on the academic honors list through- 
out her college years. 

In addition to their college and seminary work, 
she and Earl have worked with physically handi- 
capped and mentally retarded persons. They have 
been recreational therapists, and have conducted a 
Christian Education program with the residents. 

Sharon wants to continue teaching and working 
with the mentally retarded people, wherever the 
Lord leads her and Earl. 

Sue Ellen Stoffer is the daughter of Mr. and 
Mrs. Thomas L. Stoffer of Canton, and a member 
of the Trinity Brethren Church there. Sue has 
traveled with the Show Me team and The Twelve, 
both Brethren Youth Crusader tecims. Last sum- 
mer she was one of the cooks at Camp Bethany. 
She served as secretary for the National Brethren 
Youth Council for two years. 

During her college years, Sue has been on the 
academic honors list, and has worked in the 
College Library. 

Her degree is the Bachelor of Arts. English is 
her major field; Latin and religion are her minor 
subjects. Following graduation, Sue will enter the 
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pre- 
pare for a Master of Science degree in Library 
Science. She is engaged to Bruce Ronk. 

Joan Merrill is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. 
William Shultz of the Berlin (Pennsylvania) 
Brethren Church. In December s.he completed her 
college work and married Dayrl. They live in 
Mulberry, Indiana. 

Ashland CoUege has a cooperative program in 
Home Economics with Purdue University in Lafay- 
ette, Indiana. Joan participated one year in the 
Retailing in the Fashion Field program there. She 
has earned the Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring 
m Comprehensive Home Economics with an em- 
phasis In Fashion Retailing. Joan plans to enter 
retail management. 

May 17, 1975 

Page Thirteen 

Bruce Ronk is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dorman 
Ronk of Ashland. He is a member of the Park 
Street Church, where he is the teacher for the 
high school class. Bruce has traveled with three 
Crusader teams: the Arizona- Wyoming, The 
Twelve, and The One (Mid-West). This summer 
he will be a pastoral intern at the Canton (Ohio) 
Trinity Brethren Church. 

Bruce has been vice president and treasurer of 
the National Brotherhood, a district- and an at- 
large representative to the National Brethren 
Youth Council. He has been head photographer 
if or the Ashland College News Bureau for 3 years, 
and plays cello in the Ashland Symphony. 

He will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree, with 
a major in religion and minors in psychology and 
chemistry. He plans to attend Ashland Theological 
Seminary in preparation for a degree in Audio- 
Visual Technology for use in the church. 

Beverly Blough of the Smith wile (Ohio) Breth- 
ren Church is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 
Clarence Blough. Bev. has been a member of a 
Crusader team for two years. This summer she 
will be in Colombia, South America, serving as 
an intern with the Kenneth Solomon missionary 

In college Bev has been active in the Alpha 
Theta Christian Fellowship. She has earned the 
Bachelor of Science in Education degree, and plans 
to be an elementary teacher. 

Bev is engaged to Randy Smith, a student at 
the Ashland Theological Seminary from the 
Jefferson (Indiana) Brethren Church. 

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The Brethren Evangelist 









Shipshewana, Indiana 

JUNE 12-14. 1975 

Conference Organization 

Moderator Elder Duane Dickson, Wabash 

Vice Moderator .... Elder William Kerner, Roann 

Elder Spencer Gentle, Goshen 
Ass't. Sec'y--Treas. . . Elder Brian Moore, Ardmore 
Statistician Mrs. Dale RuLon, Elkhart 

Conference Theme 
"Counting: the Cost" 
(For Church Growth) 

Conference Song Leader: Mrs. M. W. Dodds 
Conference Pianist: Mrs. Robert Crowe 
Conference Organist: Mrs. Woodrow Immel 







1:00 Board and Committee Meetings 
2:00 Opening of Conference — Tabernacle 

Meditation: Richard Boyd, Milford 
Special music: A Male Quartet, 

Appointment of Conference 

Membership Committee 





Simultaneous Sessions (See Auxiliaries) 
Business Session 

Hymn i 

Report of Conference Membership ■ 

Appointment of Conference Committees 
Committee on Committees 
Ways and Means Committee 
Rules and Organization Committee 
Report of Statistician 
Report «f Conference Treasurer 



Bible Lecture 

Elder Delbert R Flora, Ashland, Ohio 

Special Music 
Moderator's Address 

Elder Duane Dickson, College Comer 
W.M.S. Inspirational Service 

Prelude Mrs. Lester Hooley J 

Theme Song: "It's Time" 

Prayer Mrs. Isaac Stout 

Special Music Brighton Chapel 

Speakers . . Dr. and Mrs. Wilfred Kent, 
Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Closing Prayer 

Mrs. J. Edward Bargerbuff 
Store open lor one hour 


Individual Devotions 


Simultaneous Sessions (See Auxiliairies) 


Bible Lecture — ^Elder Delbert B. Flora 

Business Session 

Special Music 


Report of Conference Membership 

Old Business 

New Business 
District Board Reports (5 minutes each) 

Ministerial and Congregational 
Relations Board 

Board of Trustees 

Board of Christian Education 

District Members of Aslhland 
College Trustees 

Mission Board 

Long Range and Planning Committee 
Youth/Adult Panel 


Musical Meditations 

Rev. and Mrs. St. Clair Benshoiff 
Denominational Advance 

Elder Smith Rose 
Board of Christian Education 
Publication Board 
Missionary Board 
Benevolent Board 
Central Council 
Church Growth Reports and Seminar 

Elder Smith Rose 

May 17, 1975 

Page Fifteen 

4:30 Banquets 

W.M.S. and Sisterhood— Salad Buffet 
Ministeiium, Laymen and Boys' 

Brotherhood at dining room of hotel 


7:00 Hymn 

Bible Lecture — ^Elder Delbert B. Flora 
7:45 Hymn 


Special Music: Vocal Solo 

Susie Stout, Center Chapel 
Vice Moderator's Address: 

Elder WUliam Kemer, Roann 
8:45 Laymen Inspirational Service — 

The Nappajiee and Goshen Choirs 
under the direction of Mrs. Mary 
Crowe will present the musical: 
"Alleluia" written by the Bill Gaithers 
9:45 (Store O'pen one hour following 
this session) 


7:00 Individual Devotions 

7:30 Breakfast 

8:15 Simultaneous Sessions (See Auxiliaries) 

9:15 Hymn 

Bible Lecture — Elder Delbert B. Flora 
10:00 Business Session 
Special Music 

Report of Membership Committee 
Report of Committee on Committees 
Election of Officers 
Report of Auditing Committee 
Report of Resolutions Committee 
Report of Committee on Moderator's 

Time and Place of 1976 District 
11:50 Installation of Conference Officers 
12:00 Lunch 


1:30 Business Session if needed 


Woman's Missionary Society 

Theme: "It's Tiine" 

"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the 
Lord, so walk ye in him" (Colossiams 2:6) 

Theme Song: "Ifs Time" 

(written by Bea Bixler) 

Pianist Mrs. Lester Hooley, New Paris 

Song Leader .... Mrs. Robert Crowe, Nappanee 


2:30- 3:30 Prelude Mrs. Lester Hooley 

Welcome . Mrs. J. Edward Bargerhuff 
District W.M.S. President 
Theme Song: "It's Time" 

Devotions Mrs. Isaac Stout 

Center Chapel 
Memorial Roamoke W.M.S. 


President's Message 

Mrs. J. Edward Bargerhuff 
W.M.S. Benediction 


:30- 9:30 Prelude Mrs. Lester Hooley 

Theme Song: "It's Time" 

Prayer Mrs. Isaac Stout 

Special Number . . . Brighton Chapel 
Speakers . Dr. and Mrs. Wilfred Kent 
Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Closing Prayer 

Mrs. J. Edward Bargerhuff 


9:15 Prelude Mrs. Lester Hooley 

Theme Song: "It's Time" 

Devotions Mrs. Isaac Stout 

Business . Mrs. J. Edward Bargerfuff 
Election of Officers 
Project Offering . . Ardmore W.M.S. 
W.M.S. Benediction 


7:00 W.M.S. and Sisterhood Salad Buffet 
The Bryan W.M.S. in charge 


9:15 Prelude Mrs. Lester Hooley 

Theme Song: "It's Time" 

Devotions Mrs. Isaac Stout 

Soutlh American Adventure 

Mrs. Albert Curtright, Burlington 
Business . Mrs. J. Edward Bargerhuff 
W.M.S. Benediction 





2:30 Simultaneous Session 




8:15- 9:15 Business Session 

Banquet — Laymen, Boys 
Brotherhood and Ministerium 

Laymen Inspirational Service — 
The Nappanee and Gosihen Choirs 
will present the musical: 
"AUeluia" by the Gaithers. Mrs. 
Mary Crowe, director. 


8:15- 9:15 Business Session 



2:30 Devotions — ^Elder Rodney Thomas 
Program on Pastoral Problems 

8:15- 9:15 Devotions — Elder Stephen Cole 

Program on time management for 
Pastors in Charge of Elder Keith 
4:00 Banquet — Ministers, Laymen, Boys' 
Brotherhood in dining room of 
8:15- 9:15 Devotions — ^Licensee Daniel Gray 
Election of Officers 

Pag^e Sixteen 


Theme: "He Is Lord" 
Theme Song: "He Is Lord" 


1:00- 3:00 Registration in the Sisterhood House 
Welcome — ^Darinda Stonger, 



Instructions from the Patroness, 
Mrs. Leland Stonger 
5:00 Weiner Roast— All Youth (500) 


6:45- 7:15 Bible Lecture with Conference 

7:30 Moderator's Address 
8:15-10:30 B.Y.C. 

10:30 All youth off grounds and in 

sleeping quarters (girls will have 
devotions in Sisterhood House) 


7:00- 7:15 


8:00- 9:15 

12:00- 1:15 


Breakfast at the Sisterhood House 

Business Session 

Theme Song 


Nominations of Officers 

Ingathering Service — Offering 


Recreation with B.Y.C. 
Youth/Adult Panel in Tabernacle 
Hog Roast for ALL YOUTH^n 

charge of the Burlington Youth 


1:15- 2:15 B.Y.C. 
2:15- 3:15 Recreation 
3:15- 4:00 Swimming 

4:00 Preparation for the Buffet 

5:00 Buffet with the W.M.S. 


7:00 Bible Lecture with Conference 
8:00 B.Y.C. 
9:00-10:30 Campfire — Special Program by 

"Second Celebration" 
10:30 All Girls off grounds — in Sisterhood 

House for Devotions 


7:00- 7:15 Devotions 

7:30 Breakfast at the Sisterhood House 
8:00- 9:15 Business Session 
Theme Song 
Election of Officers 

Guest Speaker: Mrs. Delta Schutz 
9:15-10:15 B.Y.C— Highlights 

10:15 Recreation and Swim 

11:50 Installation of Conference Officers 

12:00 Lunch in the Sisterhood House 

The Brethren Evangelist 
Boys' Brotherhood 


10:30 Evening Devotions — Will Brown in 

charge in Layman Lodge 
11:00 Lights out 

7:00- 7:15 Morning Devotions — Rev. Kenneth 

B:15- 9:15 Simultaneous Session in Shelter 
House — ^Rev. James Gilmer, 

Evening Devotions — ^WUl Brown in 
charge in Laymen Lodge 
Morning Devotions — Jeff Brown 
Simultaneous Session with Laymen 
in Laymen Lodge 


7:00- 7:15 
8:15- 9:15 

Indiana District Youth Conference 
Theme: "Christ: Who Is He?" 
Directors: Mr. Gerald Zook — 8th grade and 
under; meet in Shelter House 
Mr. Willard Brown — 9th grade and 
up; meet in Laymen Lodge 
All Youth will meet together in Laymen Lodge 
except for the sessions on the Theme, Review 
of highUghts, and nightly devotions. 



Registration — 75p — Shelter House 

2:10- 3:15 


3:30- 4:45 



Weiner Roast (50(t) 


Late Registration 

6:45- 7:30 

Bible Lecture in Tabernacle 

7:30- 8:30 

Moderator's Address 

8:30- 9:00 

Hike and Refreshments 


Session on the Theme 




All youth off grounds and in 

sleeping quarters 


7:00- 7:15 




8:15- 9:15 

S.M.M.— Brotherhood 


Session on theme 




Youth/Adult Panel in Tabernacle 


Hog Roast 

1:15- 2:15 

Session on Theme 

2:15- 3:15 


3:15- 4:00 





Bible Lecture in Tabernacle 


Session on theme 




AU youth off grounds and in 

sleeping quarters 


7:00- 7:15 





S.M.M.— Brotherhood 


Review of Conference highlights 






Homeward bound 

May 17, 1975 

Page Seventeen 

by Susan Michael 


Have you ever had a friend wlho you oouid share 
your life with? A friend who you could share your 
hopes, joys and sorrows with? Have you ever had 
a friend who you could talk to and never get 
ibored with or run out of things to share with 
each other? A friend who is always there when 
you just need someone to be with you and show 
you they do care? I have friends like this and I 
thank God for these friends! 

Have you ever thought what this world would 
ibe like without the beauty of friendship and 
Fellowship? Most of our life time is spent with 
our families and friends. God gave us families 
and friends, because we need this fellowship with 
one another. 

Christian friends are one of the joys we have 
in this world. A Christian friend is not only a per- 
son we can share hopes, joys and sorrows with, 
but we can also share Christ together. Every 
Christian needs another Christian sister (or 
brother) to fellowship and grow in Christ. A Chris- 
tian friend can help pick you up when you fall to 
the sins of the world. (Eccl. 4:9,10) A friend in 
Christ WiU love you all the time even when you 
fall. (Pr. 17:17) 

At times in my life I really don't know what I 
would do without my Christian friends. There are 
many times when I need to fellowship with these 
friends. So we can share our feelings albout Christ 
and study His word. The Bible tells us that where 
two or more are gathered together in Qirist's 
name, He is among them. (Matt. 18:20) So When 
we have fellows'hip with Christian friends we can 
'be sure that Christ is with us in all we do and 

Most all of us have nonOhrlstiam friends, too. 
These non-Christian friends can be a blessing for 
us because they can help keep us Christians on 
our toes. Hopefully these friends can see the love 
we have for Christ and the love we have for each 
other. Then they might come to know Christ by 
seeing Christ in our life. 

Friends are a very special part of my life, and 
I just want to thahk God for the love they have 
given me. I found this saying one day wJiile look- 
ing through some books, and I would like to share 
it with you. 

God never loved me in so sweet a way ibef ore. 
'Tis He alone who can such iblessing send. 
And wihen His love would new 

expressions find. 
He brought thee to me and He said — 

"Behold a friend." 


(Susan Michael is from Gratis, Ohio and 
trill be a junior at Ashland College next fall. 
She has been a crusader for the past ttvo 
years serving on "The Twelve" in the sum- 
mer of 1973 and then on "One" Mid^vest in 
the summer of 1974. Susan currently holds 
the office of Statistician for the National 
Brethren Youth. She has been active in Sis- 
terhood for many years.) 

Pagre Eighteen 

The Brethren Evangelist 





Because of the fantastic opportunity for BYC 
members to become involved with the lOL Seminar 
(International Center for Learning), our National 
BYC Convention (also the adult Conference) will 
officially begin Wednesday morning, August 13. 
But there are some activities being planned on 
Tuesday following the ICL Seminar for those who 
are already here. 

Our tentative 1975 BYC Convention schedule 

Our Moderator's Address by Stephen Barber 

Daily Bible Study with Dr. Charles Munson 

Brotherhood and Sisterhood daily sessio-ns 

District BYC Caucuses 

Business Meetings 

Board of Christian Education Evening 

Crusader Review 
Sharing Times 
Play Day 

Dr. Win Am, Church Growth Specialist 
Youth Communion 
Sunday Morning Youth Service and lots more. 

Don't Be Left Out!! 

Plan Now To Attend the IC3L Seminar — 

August 11 & 12 


National BYC Convention — ^August 13-17 

(Watch for more details in future Evang:elist) 

May 17, 1975 


Page Nineteen 

Scwnecwie has defined ecology as "good house- 
keeping on a cosmic scale." This definition hrings 
the subject right into the ibailiwick of us women 
who spend so much of our time defrosting our 
i next meal and rearranging the dust under the bed 
or doing whatever else comes under the heading 
of housekeeping. Right along this Une, as God's 

(trustees of our lives, we have many comparable 
iln the household realm, one thinks immediately 

1 of cleanliness. Who likes to live in a dirty, smelly 
house? Similarly, as keepers of God's spiritual 

; house CI Cor. 6:19,20), we need to keep out the 
filth, by reading, speaking, and engaging in activi- 
ties that reflect the 'presence of God's Spirit in 
our lives. 

Recent emphasis on ecology has alerted us to 
the foolishness of "throw aiway" materials — ^boxes, 

! bottles, cans, paper, etc. This practice not only 
pollutes our landscape — in fact, our entire earth — 

j but wastes our resources which might be conserved 
and re-used. The sajme principle obtains in the 
spiritual realm. Lives are wasted, particularly 

j among young people, because they have not been 
taugiht the difference between right and wrong, or 
they have been too long allowed, even encouraged, 
to "do their own thing," when it has a devastating 
effect on them. Drugs, liquor, illicit sex, crime, 
vandalism — all occupy the time and attention of 
many who might lead productive Christian lives. 
They dissipate their lives, resources, even their 
bodies. They (become our "throwaway" ohildiren. 
Like the waste from some industries which 
pollute our air, foul our water, and litter our 
terrain, these unrestrained individuals perpetrate 
crimes, engage in vandalism, and contaminate 
others in their environs by teaching them evil 
ways and setting vile examples. 

Some of our books, movies, and TV programs 
continually pollute the minds of young aind old 
aUke, until there is very Uttle time or space for 
the good and the (beautiful for those who read and 
view them. 

As good housekeepers, women try to arrange 
their furnishings conveniently. They don't place 
bath towels in the living room nor the reading 
lamp inside the refrigerator; rather they place 
equipment where needed and most [frequently 
used, and the necessary items are dbained (first. 


Housekeepers for God's spirit shoiuld observe 
similar priorities. "Seek ye first the kingdom of 
God ..." and "Love the Lord thy God . . . and 
thy neighbor. . . ." Far be it from this writer to 
mention the thought that worship service on Sun- 
day morning should have prior claim over golf 
or that Bible reading does more for the spirit than 
saturating oneself in "The Beverly Hillbillies" or 
"HeeHaw." That would indicate that she had left 
writing and igone to meddling; but it is a thought. 

Among the commodities that contribute to com- 
fort and attractiveness in the home are warmth 
and light. A cold house or a dark one can 'be most 
unappealing, even formidable. Who likes to shiver 
in a clammy room or stumble over furnishings in 
darkness or semi-darkness? By the Scime token, 
when we observe people wlho seem like drop-outs 
from the human race — ^to join the animals — how 
repulsed we are. They reveal no love or under- 
standing. In contrast to that, how attracted we 
are to those w^ho radiate the warmth of God's 
love and the light of His understanding! 

Whether there were political overtones in the 
movement or not, I'm not sure; but when news 
progrctms on TV showed American couples waiting 
for and eventually welcoming Uttle Viet Naon 
children, some of this love revealed itself. As they 
clasped the little bodies in their arms, God's love 
seemed to radiate from their faces; and they 
weren't asking for children in perfect health. In 
fact, some were embracing cross-eyed, crippled, or 
even blind babies. 

Recognizing that ecological oonoems prompt us 
to use our heat and Ugiht wisely, we may make 
the spiritual appUcation by admonishing Christians 
to give their love and understanding to lives in- 
stead of things, to human lives ahead of animal 
lives. Pets are fun to have; but if we haven't the 
time or affection to spread around lavishly, 
spending it on human lives can be vastly more 

Application of pftiysical ecological principles to 
the spiritual realm might go on and on; however, 
suffice it to say, our lives consist of light, warmth, 
and energy. Let's put them into the hands of the 
Great Technician. He will make them the most 
attractive, the most productive, and the most 
fulfilling, il 

Page Twenty 

The Brethren Evangelist 



by Mrs. Pat Richey 

Progrmn for June 

June, 1975 
Section III 


An Exercise in Praise to God 

Praise, everybody loves it. It does wonders for 
even tlie wealtest of us. To be praised see^ms to 
bring out the best efforts a person is capable of 
making. It raises the level of enthusiasm a person 
carries and often makes the difference between 
struggling on to complete a task or giving up. 

It is much easier for us to praise someone else 
if we love that person. It is so with God. If you 
have no reason to love Him, if you find no joy 
in knowing Him, if you have turned your back on 
Him and want no part of Him, there is little for 
which you wUl want to praise God. 

Praise is given to God because He deserves it. 
Isaiah proclaims it and so does John in the Book 
of Revelation. If we are lovers of God, we will 
sincerely seek to give God the praise He deserves. 
God motivates us by several different means to 
give Him praise. We see God through the pages 
of our Bibles; we can see what He has done in 
our own lives; He even gives us joy that assists 
us in responding to Kim; we can see w^hat He has 
produced as a result of His work in us. 

Praise is to be cultivated in our lives. When we 
praise God we are acknowledg'ing His deity, His 
command over us. We worship and adore Him 
because He is God. 

Praising God is an exercise of the wUl. Praise is 
the response of a grateful heart to the Creator. 
It is prompted by the Holy Spirit. Perhaps you 
have never really tried to make your grateful 
heart respond to God. Learning to praise is de- 
pendent on you. You must focus your attention 
on God. Then by actually doing the active part 
of opening your mouth and saying to God that 
you love Him and give Him honor, your will is 
exercised. (You may also give praise to Jesus 
Christ, for as you glorify Christ, God is honored.) 
Make up your mind to do it and then do it. The 
Holy Spirit will give you the ability to do this. 

God gives us excellent examples of praise that 
others have offered to Him. These are acceptable 
forms of praise and can provide the words that 
we so often fail to find. They are the Psalms. We 
wUl focus on the Psalms tO'day as we take part in 
"An exercise otf Praise to Gtod." 

(Leader's Note: As each girl arrives today give 
her a pen, and a piece of paper. Also be sure 
that each girl has a Bible to use.) 

Everyone please stand for the Call to Worship. 

Please read together Psalm 34:1-3 aloud. 

As each girl is seated, please find the 47th 
Psalm in your Bible. When you find this psalm, 
read it silently three times. Each time you read 
it, imagine that you are standing before God and 
reading it to Him. Put yourself into it and read 
with real meaning and enthusiasm. 

When everyone is finished reading the Psahnj 
quietly, please stand again and this time readj 
this Psalm aloud twice with the same meaning 
and enthusiasm that you were using when reading 

Be seated now. Take out the pen and paper^ 
Write verse 6 of the 47th Psalm at the top of you 
paper. Now co-mpose a verse or wr'ite a paragraph" 
based on any of the foUowinig topics that apply 
to your life and your relationship to God. 

Praise to God lor: 

God as He is revealed in the Word. 

what He has done for you. 

the joy He gives you. 

what you have become because of His work 

in your life, 
^bringing you into His presence. 

When everyone is finished, you may take turns 
reading your verses to the group. As you finish 
sharing your verses, stand in a circle, holding 
hands. Sing several choruses of praise together. 

Now pray to the Lord in an attitude of praise 
and thanksgiving! 

May 17, 1975 

Page Twenty-one 


Prograryi for June 

by Mrs. Pauline Benshoff 

Disciples At Work 

Let's start the meeting with singing. I don't 
know about you, but for me singing and malting 
melody in my heart sets ime up for a good day's 
work. Paul exhorts us to "rejoice in the Lord 
always and again I say rejoice." We have so much 
to be joyous about. As Christ's disciples, we want 
to prepare ourselves with a faithful prayer life 
and a song on our lips to go forth to work for 
Him. By the way, what do you have to be joyous 
about? Did you point someone to Christ today by 
what you said, did or implied? Let's just praise 
the Lord and sing. 

(Plan for this time. Don't just come and ask 
What everyone else wants to sing. Plan it well 
with hymns and choruses and close it with a 
short prayer.) 

SCRIPTURE LESSON: Matthew 10:1-14 

A disciple was one w)ho believed in the doctrines 
his teacher taught and followed him. Literally, a 
disciple means a scholar, a learner. Most often 
the word is used in reference to believers in Christ, 
both those who ibelieved during Christ's time and 
those who later joined the early church. Jesus 
gave His disciples authority to cast out evil spirits 
and heal all kinds of sickness and disease and 
teach and preach. Jesus also gave them specific 
instructions. We consider ourselves disciples or 
followers of Jesus because we too believe in the 
doctrines of Christ which He has laid down in 
His Word, and we strive to live by them; we also 
share them with others. It is a discipUned life, 
one which tknows how to put first things first. 
So to be a true idisciple, we must learn to put God 
first and then the other things that affect our 
lives, wLU seem less important. Commit your ways 
to Hhn and let Him be your leader every day. 

(Sit In a circle, or stand m one, and hold hands 
as you pray. Pray for the one on your left, then 
the one on your right, for your Patroness, your 
Minister and wife, your attitude toward God and 
His work etc. Then let your prayers continue to 
the Mission fields. Don't forget to Praise the Lord 
as well ajs "ask".) 

"I wUl foUow thee. Lord: but first suffer me to 
bid ifarewell to them that axe at my house." I'll fol- 
low you and do your work another tune, Lord. 
I'm busy." (Luke 9:61) Discipleship is realized in 
one's life through a knowledge of Christy an ac- 
ceptance of iHis wiU for your life. It means a 
conviction in IMe; a will to do and to be — some- 
thing superior to mere faith; it involves receiviog 
and follawing Instruction. "If ye love me, ye will 
keep my commandments." "Take my yoke upon 
you and learn of me", said Jesus. Some one has 
said that Christ's words "Follow Me" mean noth- 
ing less than "laboring with fflm at the same task 
and ta. the same sipirit". That isn't easy! You see, 
discipleship .gives .Christ the priority over every- 

thing else. We can't be a true disciple unless we 
completely depend upon God for strength to do 
so. We have to depend upon His promises for 
strength, guidance and protection as we live and 
follow. The Living-Serving process involves total 
commitment of all we have and are. It is denounc- 
ing Self and promoting Christ. Give Him the 
honor and glory, not ourselves. 

In fulfilUng the Great Commission, the early 
disciples set out to spread the gospel one-to-one. 
Did you realize that they were the only mission- 
aries of their time? You are the missionaries of 
your time and place. We share our faith with 
others because we ibelieve the Bible to be true. 
We believe that Jesus died for all people, that He 
loves them and has a plan for their lives in Him. 
That He rose from the grave triumphant over 
death and gives us the hope of eternal life. He is 
coming again to receive us unto Himself. But we 
also believe that anyone not believing these things, 
and not knowing Christ personally, can not par- 
take of eternal life in Heaven, but are instead lost. 
So our discipleship says it isn't only wonderful 
that we found Christ, but that we also share Him 
with others so they too may share in His promises 
and Coming. Whom are you claiming for Christ 
this month? Surely you know someone who isn't 
a Christian. HOW is the Word spread? The same 
as it always was, one-to-one. YOU are the one to 
tell it. Live It weU, so you can teU it well. 

(See that everyone has a Bible to use. If you 
have both ICing James and Living Bible present, 
read the same verse from both and get a clearer 

John 15:8 Acts 11:26b 

John 8:31 Matthew 11:42 

John 13:35 John 15:14 

Luke 11:1 Luke 14:27 

John 15:12 

Evaluate yourselves- What did you learn about 

1. What is a disciple? 

2. Who can be a discipile? 

3. What does it cost to become one? 

4. Are we responsible for anyone else besides 

5. Do you feel you have heen a true disciple? 

6. How do you plan to improve your status? 
How about claiming one soul for Christ this 
;mont!h? If each Christian SMM girl brought one 
to Christ, think how we could grow spiritually. 
Wouldn't that be wonderful? Let's grow! Be a 
soul winner! 


While you wait, plan how you intend to be a 
soul winner. Next month tell how you did it, and 
who was blessed .by your life and witness. 

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This project came into being wlien denomina- 
tional executives and Board presidents realized 
that there was a growing concern and interest in 
Church Growth within the Brethren Church. There 
had been a seminar for Home Missions pastors, 
five congregations participated in pilot Church 
Growth seminars, and the Seminary had scheduled 
Dr. Win Am for their continuLnig education. (This 
was carried out with real benefit to pastors, lay- 
men and seminary students. ) Dr. Am had been 
our resource consultant and had directed these 
seminars for us. Also, he was scheduled to be with 
us in the 1975 General Conference. In the planning 
stage was a Church Growth seminar for the South- 
east District under the direction of Dr. Am. This 
seminar has now been held with very promising 
results in the 8 congregations represented. You 
have seen this report in this column. 

It became clear to us that we must do something 
immediately to move with and encourage further 
growth in the Brethren Church. What had been 
experienced by a few congregations needed to be 
available to congregations even in the most distant 
districts of the church. So the idea for the project 
was born. As it developed, it seemed advisable to 
train several strategically located pastors as well 
as denominational e.xecutives. They would be in 
a position to conduct seminars throughout the 
church and, even more importantly, be able to 
encourage continuing growth in the months and 
years ahead. 

It was realized that this could not wait until a 
base could be secured financially from which to 
appeal to the church. We needed men and a pro- 
gram prepared for the fall of 1975 at the latest. 
So the project took definite shape late in 1974 and 
six men were selected. The project was written up 
and presented to over 40 Bretfhren people and the 
congregations whose pastors were to receive the 
training. (These pastors were not in the pOot 
church project.) 

We knew that we could approach the church at 
large and soon come up to our goal of $5,000, but 
this would be Invading the promotion periods of 
several boards and would tend to detract from 
their appeals. We were not willing to move in 
that direction. It would have been a breach of 
faith with them. Further, in these times their 
income is not sufficient to adequately meet their 
'budgets. All of our boards need more funding 
than they are presently receiving to keep up w^ith 
current programs. 

There has been a splendid response and God 
has blessed to the degree that we anticipate having 
the entire amount in hand by the date when train- 
ing begins. May 12th. This was a one-time asking 
and will not be repeated. There wiU continue to 
be a need for funds for providing resource ma- 
terials, films, etc., as the work of Church Growth 

expands throughout the Brethren Church. The 
Central Council office has been handling these 
funds and they have been put in a special Church 
Growth Fund. 

By the time you read this column the special 
Church Growth training wiU be history, as it 
will be taking place while this issue of the Breth- 
ren Evangelist is on the press. However, the 
potential for Church Growth will be growing as 
MarUn McCann, Arden Gilmer, John Browns- 
berger, Duane Dickson, Briam Moore, George 
Solomon and a number of denominational execu- 
tives pray and plan for the fall of 1975 when they 
can begin to move out through the church in 
"cluster" seminars. We trust churches in your 
area will be interested and that yours will be 
represented by your pastor and twenty of your 
leading people in a seminar involving other 
Brethren churches similarly represented. Plans are 
being projected for the future to offer Church 
Growth training to all our pastors. Leadership is 
being prepared. . . . "Let the Brethren Church 
Grow"!! . . . "Let it happen"!! 

From Louisville, OH Mailer — Charles 
Lowmaster, pastor 

Review & Foreview: Our Church program during 
the imonth of March was a very satisfying one if 
we can judge 'by the spirit, enthusiasm and 
attendance. There were many exciting and differ- 
ent programs and our attendances continue to 
rise. Our averages for March were : Sunday School 
— 152, and increase of 44 over a year ago; Morning 
Worship — ^213, an increase of 81 over a year ago; 
Evening Worship — 52, fin increase of 30; midweek 
— 26 an increase of 7; Brethren Youth — 51, an 
increase of 47. Our Communion attendance was 
the highest for many years at 118 and our Easter 
Sunday attendance was 277. 

These attendances only serve to emphasize what 
we can do if we try. Be faithful in encouraging 
your friends and neig'hbors toward faith, commit- 
ment to and ministry for Christ. If you like your 
Church, don't hesitate to tell others about it. Our 
goal is to move on toward an average of 200 in 
attendance in a normal month. 

With increased attendance, j>arking has become 
a real problem. At a special meeting the congre- 
gation has authorized the expansion of our east 
parking lot southward into the lawn area. 

Growth has also necessitated division of some 
of our classes. The Primaries have been divided 
and a new class of 4-5 year olds is now being taught 
by Pearl Ofer. The Truthseekers have also been 
divided into two classes; the 30-40 year couples 
taught by Charles Lowmaster and the 41-50 year 
olds taught iby Glenn McFarland. Praise the Lord 
for a growing Church ! 

May 17, 1975 

Page Twenty-three 

Pertinent excerpts from Henry Bates pastors' 
report for the first quarter, 1975. 

"Church Growth" is the theme otf the Brethren 
Church this year. Your pastor is very happy to 
see many evidences of real igrowth in the Wayne 
Heights Brethren Church. We have much for 
which to be praising the Lord! 

The average Sunday Schood attendance for the 
first three months of 1975 showed a 12% increase 
over the same quarter last year; the average 
attendance in Morning Worship Service was 
141/270 above that of the first quarter of 1974; the 
evening service attendance showed a 7%% in- 
crease, and the Mid-Week Service average attend- 
ance rose 27%. 

During the first quarter of this year we received 
five new members into the church — and of this 
number, four were adults. In addition to new folks 
being received into the church, we have seen sev- 
eral additions to our Sunday School during the 
past few months. A very encoiiraging sign of 
growth has been the support of several new fam- 
ilies. We have been praying that the Lord wUl 
lead new families to us, and He has certainly been 
answering this prayer. The pastor is thrilled as 
he realizes how many "new" families there are. 
Many of these new families are very faithful to 
all of the services and activities of the church. 

Another area in which we have observed re- 
markable growth In recent months has been the 
spirit and fellowship of the church. Since the be- 
ginning of this year several of our new friends 
have told the pastor that one of the things that 
attracted them to our church was the friendly 
spirit and the feeling of fellowship which they 
felt here. Only the Holy Spirit can bring about 
this kind of a change in a congregation, and we 
certainly praise the L